Rob Vaughn is entering his third season at Maryland and first as an assistant head coach after being named to the coaching staff in August of 2012.
Last season, Vaughn helped the Terps become one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the country over the final two months. Beginning in May, Maryland hit .294 as a team with a .399 slugging percentage en route to a NCAA Super Regional berth and a 40-win season, a school record. During that span, the Terps belted out 47 extra-base hits in 19 games including eight home runs.
Vaughn oversaw the development and emergence of second baseman Brandon Lowe. After missing the 2013 season with a knee injury, Lowe finished second in the ACC in hitting (.348) and on-base percentage (.464), led the team in slugging (.464) and tied for the team lead in RBI (42). Lowe earned freshman All-American honors from Baseball America, Louisville Slugger, NCBWA and Perfect Game becoming the first Maryland player, along with pitcher Mike Shawaryn, to earn All-American status since 2002 as well as earning third team All-ACC honors.
The native of Humble, Texas, believes in an aggressive offensive approach built around speed and applying pressure to opposing defenses. After totaling 94 stolen bases in 2013; a mark that ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 30th nationally, Maryland totaled 85 stolen bases in 2014, which ranked second in the ACC and 32nd nationally.
Over the two seasons, Maryland’s aggressive offensive approach on the base paths was spearheaded by White. During the 2014 season, White swiped a team-high 25 stolen bases after stealing a Maryland single-season record with 39 in 2013, which led the ACC and tied for fourth nationally. For his career, White totaled 86 stolen bases to set a Maryland record.
Under Vaughn's tutelage, White also earned All-ACC honors in his final two seasons in College Park. As Maryland’s table setter, White hit .290 in 2014 with a .400 OBP and scored a team-high 49 runs en route to being selected in the 21st round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs.
In addition, Schmit had a career year in 2014 finishing second on the team in batting average (.309), OBP (.413) and slugging (.420), and led the club in doubles (18). Schmit was drafted in the 26th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.
In 2013, his first season in College Park, the Terps saw their batting average jump 11 points in 2013 from the 2012 season along with increases in several other offensive categories. Along with the jump in batting average, the Terps saw an increase in slugging percentage, and an 18-point increase in on-base percentage (.358 to .376). The Terps also recorded 118 doubles, an increase of 20 from the season before, 11 shy of the program record.
Before coming to Maryland, Vaughn spent the 2011-2012 seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas State, where he coached the catchers, hitters and was in charge of base-running instruction.
Vaughn is no stranger to building tradition as he helped Kansas State reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history in 2009 as a player, then saw it reach the post season for the third straight year in 2011 as a coach. While at K-State, he helped tutor three top-10 round picks in the MLB Draft in Jason King, Nick Martini and Jared King, while helping three other hitters achieve draft status that were previously undrafted. As a player at Kansas State, Vaughn caught the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, All-American and fourth round pick, AJ Morris. In addition, Vaughn also caught Brad Hutt, the career wins leader at K-State, as well as James Allen, who is the all-time leader in saves for the Wildcats.
Vaughn was drafted in the 30th round in the 2009 MLB Draft and was fortunate to play and work with some of the best guys in the business. While in the White Sox organization with Bristol (Rookie), Great Falls (Rookie) and Kannapolis (Low A), Vaughn hit .228 with two doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 29 games between Bristol and Kannapolis in 2009. He followed that up by hitting .277 with five RBI in 19 games with Great Falls.
Vaughn utilizes the offense identity that he refers to as "The Pack." Every single hitter in “The Pack” has a role. Some run, some drive in runs, some are masters of execution and some do all three, but they all know their role. They function together as a unit and all play with the three Pillars of the Pack: Approach, Toughness and Intensity.
THE STRENGTH OF THE PACK IS THE WOLF; THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS THE PACK.
Vaughn is married to the former Kayleigh Strickler. The couple got married in October of 2010 in Manhattan, Kan., and currently reside in Annapolis, Md.