DAVIS, Calif. — Entering his seventh season at the helm for UC Davis baseball, and 26th year with the program, Matt Vaughn has signed a four-year contract extension to continue as Head Coach for the Aggies, as announced by Athletics Director Kevin Blue on Monday.
“Matt exemplifies the values that characterize our coaches at UC Davis,” said Blue. “He has deep roots as an Aggie and takes tremendous pride in helping our students develop as baseball players and as impactful citizens who make a positive difference long after leaving UC Davis. We are very pleased that he will be leading our baseball program for years to come as we continue to move it forward,” Blue added.
“The outstanding student-athletes and staff at UC Davis make this position the greatest job in the world. I am deeply humbled by this honor and look forward to making this program better and building ‘Aggie Pride’ with our players, alumni, and supporters,” said Head Coach Matt Vaughn. “I want to thank Josh Flushman and Dr. Kevin Blue for placing their trust in me to lead this program. UC Davis athletics is moving in a great direction and I am proud to help move it forward,” added Vaughn.
Following his career as a UC Davis student-athlete, Vaughn began the first of 19 seasons as an assistant coach for the Aggies in 1993, during which he saw two NCAA Division II College World Series appearances in 1995 and 2003, as well as a trip to the NCAA Division I regional at Stanford in 2008—the program’s first year in the Division I era.
Across his six seasons as head coach, Vaughn has secured a record of 137-190-1, recording his 100th career win against Portland on Feb. 21, 2016 by a 4-3 margin. Under Vaughn’s tutelage, the Aggies have also enjoyed wins over nationally ranked foes in Michigan and Big West rival, UC Santa Barbara. In 2015, the Aggies notched the second 30-win season in the program’s Division I era history thanks to a 30-26-1 overall record (9-15 BWC). This past year, the Aggies finished fifth in the Big West after being picked to finish last, and captured the most league wins since his 2012 team posted a 12-12 finish in conference play.
Also serving as the Aggies’ pitching coach, Vaughn has coached some of the best pitchers in the school’s history. Three of his former players are currently active on major league squads: Daniel Descalso (Diamondbacks), Joe Biagini (Blue Jays), and Ty Kelly (Phillies).
After capping off the 2017 season with a fifth place finish in the Big West, the Aggies will look to rebuild their rotation on the mound after losing left-handers Robert Garcia (15th, Kansas City) and Orlando Razo (16th, Seattle) to the 2017 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, in addition to the graduation of right-hander Justin Mullins (4-3, 3.55 ERA, 38 K).
“The team has been working incredibly hard this fall and the returning pitchers along with those we brought in have been doing very well,” said Vaughn. “Whenever you lose a significant portion of your staff, it’s never easy, but we have a solid defensive group in our returners.”
“We are very fortunate to have a tight-knit group of student-athletes this season that will be supported by great leadership from our upperclassmen,” Vaughn added. “As long as we challenge the strike zone on the mound and play defense behind our pitchers, we will win games this year. Offensively, we have a great group that saw significant time last season and will put runs on the board.”
The Aggies will kick off their 2018 slate on the road against Cal State Bakersfield on on Feb. 16-18. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., 6 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and animal science programs.
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