Wednesday, September 24, 2008

UW sprint coach LaMonte Vaughn no longer with Huskies...

paulmerca.blogspot.com has learned that University of Washington sprint coach LaMonte Vaughn, Jr. (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) has left his position at Huskyville as of two days ago.

Sources within the local track & field community tell us that it was by mutual agreement; an attempt to reach the University of Washington sports information office for comment was unsuccessful.

Vaughn did send a text message tonight confirming that he's no longer at Washington.

This past track season, Vaughn helped sprinter Jordan Boase break Ja'Warren Hooker's UW school record at 400 meters, as Boase ran 44.82 last April at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe. Boase qualified for the Olympic Trials at both 200 and 400 meters, despite running with a stress fracture in his femur.

Since Vaughn's hiring in 2004, he's been instrumental in slowly turning around the fortunes of the sprint and hurdles program; this spring, the Huskies won the Pac-10 title in the men's 4 x 100 meter relay

One possible ramification of Vaughn's departure is the possibility (caveat: this is only speculation) that Boase may either transfer to another school to finish his eligibility as a graduate student, or turn pro; according to this August article by Meri Jo Borzilleri of the Seattle Times, Boase has completed course work for his college degree in sociology, plus a minor in history, and has a year of eligibility left.

Boase can transfer to another school and compete as a graduate student if he so desires, according to NCAA rules.

A quick check of the track & field roster page at gohuskies.com under the coaches' links found that Vaughn's name was removed; however, his UW bio is still up when his name was typed in a Google search.

3 comments:

Vilos said...

Any info on the new UW sprint coach?

Mercanator said...
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Mercanator said...

Raul Sheen from Long Beach State is the new sprint coach:

http://paulmerca.blogspot.com/2008/10/brad-walker-and-aretha-thurmond-honored.html

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