|Linfield and defensive coordinator Jackson Vaughan put out another great defense in 2013.|
Coach Vaughan's 2013 defense had another stellar year as the Wildcats posted up a list of impressive numbers:
- #1 Rush defense in the country (60.3 yards allowed per game (2.0 yards per carry))
- #12 scoring defense in the country (14.1 points allowed per game)
- #12 in total defense (274.7 yards allowed per game)
- #9 in turnovers gained with 33 (13 fumble recoveries, 20 picks)
- #9 in team tackles for loss (110 TTL, 9.2 per game)
- Linfield has the 2nd most stout rush defense across all divisions (FBS to D-III)
- Linfield posted two shutouts on the season (Case Western Reserve and Pacific Lutheran (regular season),
- The defense only allowed 4 rushing touchdowns during the season (the starting unit only allowed 2: one a QB scramble and the other a QB sneak)
Coach Vaughan would be the 1st to tell you that this honor is a reflection of the effort and work of the entire program. While that is 100% true this honor is so well deserved for a flat-out great coach. Coach Vaughan has great attention to detail, treats his players and peers with respect, is fair but tough, and can game plan with the best of them.
Along with being the 'Cats defensive coordinator, Coach Vaughan has also built a juggernaut as the head softball coach for Linfield. Under his direction Linfield Softball has won 10 consecutive Northwest Conference titles (2004 - 2013), advanced to the NCAA Championship game 4 times and won the NCAA titles in 2007 & 2011.
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Coach Vaughan teaching Defensive Line Step-and-Strike at the 2009 Linfield Football Camp: