Linfield Wildcats

Coach Biography

Jackson Vaughan

Jackson Vaughan

21st Year Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line

Phone: 503-883-2413


Jackson Vaughan is in his 11th season as defensive coordinator and 21st on the coaching staff. He oversees the defensive line after previously working with the linebackers and offensive line.

Vaughan directs a defense that has led the Northwest Conference in rushing defense 11 times and sacks 12 times over the last 15 years. In 2015, he was honored as the NCAA Division III Defensive Coordinator of the Year by website FootballScoop.

Vaughan received a bachelor's degree from Linfield in 1997. He participated in football for one year before suffering a career-ending injury. As a student, he was involved with the campus radio station, broadcasting Linfield football and basketball games as a sophomore. He joined the coaching staff as a junior.

Vaughan is also Linfield's head softball coach, where he has assembled an 555-141-1 record in 15 seasons. He has been named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year eight times and West Region Coach of the Year six times and NCAA Division III Coach of the Year twice after guiding Linfield to 11 straight league titles and the 2007 and 2011 NCAA Division III national championships.

A native of Hereford, Ore., Vaughan received his diploma from Baker High School where he was the Greater Oregon League Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.

He and his wife, Shelly, live in McMinnville, with their three young daughters, Hallie, Reese and Finley.