Lamonte Vaughn, Jr., was brought to Washington to teach speed, so it should come as no surprise that he has turned UW's sprints, hurdles, and relays program into one of the nation's elite in such a short span of time.
Since his hiring in October of 2004, Washington's sprinters and hurdlers have performed at historic levels, combining for one Pac-10 title, four MPSF titles, and 11 All-America honors, including four relays. Vaughn's athletes currently hold a whopping 10 school records in sprints, hurdles, or relays.
Prior to Vaughn's arrival at UW before the 2005 season, Washington had failed to qualify a single relay for the NCAA Championships since 1998 -- in the three years since, eight UW relays have earned eight NCAA Championships bids, with five of the eight earning All-America honors.
In 2007, the men's 4x400m relay made it back to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third-straight year, despite losing half the runners from the 2006 All-American foursome. Vaughn also helped guide the men's distance medley relay back to the NCAA's for the third-straight season, adding another All-American honor to their growing legacy.
Washington's 4x400m relay in 2006 became the first UW relay to win in the postseason since 1975 when they won at the 2006 NCAA West Regional meet, earning an unprecedented third-straight NCAA Championships bid. The 4x4 was third at the NCAA Indoor meet -- also tops by a UW relay since `75 -- and eighth outdoors, sweeping All-America honors for the year.
Both the 4x400 and 4x100 relays qualified for the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in the program's 85 years of NCAA competition, including a time of 3:03.85 in the 4x400 meters that broke a 30-year-old UW record, and ranked ninth in the nation in 2005.
Washington's 4x100-meter relay, meanwhile, placed 12th at the 2005 NCAA Championships. Despite boasting not a single runner who had ever run below 10.60 for 100 meters, the relay clocked a best time of 39.43 seconds that is second-best ever at UW, and fastest by any Washington relay since 1983.
Vaughn's proteges have shone brightly on an individual level as well. In 2007, hurdler Ashley Lodree wrapped up an unprecedented career in which she earned a UW record six All-America honors. She left UW holding four school records, obliterating the previous 60m and 100m hurdle records, and ranks in the school top-10 in 12 different events. Lodree's third-place finish in the 60m hurdles at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships was the best-ever NCAA finish for a UW hurdler. Her sixth-place time of 12.99 at the 2007 NCAA Outdoors in the 100m hurdles was the best-ever by a UW woman and the ninth-fastest in Pac-10 history.
The men's hurdlers have also enjoyed plenty of accolades under Vaughn. In 2007, junior James Fredrickson earned his first All-American hurdles honor, placing 10th in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA outdoor meet. In 2006, Shane Charles won the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional titles in the 400-meter hurdles, while breaking UW and Grenadan national records with a best time of 49.51 seconds, nearly a second faster than his best entering the 2006 season.
Vaughn's sprinters also continue to assault the record books. Last year, junior Alex Harcourt set a new 400m indoor record of 46.43, and his top outdoor time of 45.87 ranked third at UW and was the fastest since UW legend Ja'Warren Hooker set the school record of 44.91 in 2000. Harcourt participated both indoors and outdoors last year in the 400m. Also back in 2006, quarter-miler Bruce Jackson earned the Huskies' first individual NCAA Championships bid in a sprint event since 2001.
Prior to coming to UW in 2005, Vaughn worked one year as a volunteer assistant at Eastern Kentucky, and was the sprints coach for four years at Marshall University from 2000-03. While at Marshall, Vaughn guided his athletes to 13 school records and one conference title, including the best finish ever for Marshall's 4x400-meter relay squad at the MAC Indoor Championships.
Vaughn brings an SEC background to UW, having earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky in 1996. A two-time NCAA qualifier and the third-place finisher in the 800 meters at the 1996 SEC Indoor Championships, Vaughn's best of 1:48.23 in the event was the second-fastest in Wildcats history.
After graduating from UK, Vaughn spent two years coaching high-school athletes in Kentucky and Florida. Included among those athletes is three-time ACC champion and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials participant Mario Lowe, whom Vaughn coached in the triple jump at Titusville (Fla.) High School in 1998.
Vaughn, 33, resides in Seattle with his wife, Devonia, and their six-year old daughter, Brianna.