It didn't take Jackson Vaughan long to transform the Linfield softball program into a national contender.
In 15 seasons as coach, he has amassed a career record of 555-141-1, including a 348-64 mark in the Northwest Conference. During the last 15 seasons, he has led Linfield to the 2007 and 2011 NCAA Division III national championships, seven regional titles and 11 straight conference crowns. Twice, in 2007 and 2011, he was honored as the Division III Coach of the Year by the NFCA and has been named NWC Coach of the Year 10 of the last 12 seasons. He was selected as the top coach in the West Region in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. In 2004, he engineered an upset of No. 1-ranked East Texas Baptist in the regional playoffs. In 2011, Vaughan guided the Wildcats to their second national championship and third NCAA title appearance in five seasons.
Prior to becoming head coach, he served four seasons as a Wildcats assistant coach. He has served as a defensive coordinator and assistant football coach for the past 20 years, helping the Wildcats amass a 144-23 record since 2000. Linfield qualified for the Division III playoffs 11 of the last 16 seasons and captured the 2004 national championship with a 13-0 record.
Vaughan received a bachelor's degree from Linfield in accounting in 1997, graduating with honors. A native of Hereford, Ore., Vaughan graduated from Baker High School where he was the Greater Oregon League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
He and his wife, Shelly, live in McMinnville, with their three young daughters, Hallie, Reese and Finley.