Don Vaughan (ice hockey)

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Don Vaughan
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Colgate
Biographical details
Born Almonte, ONT, CAN
Playing career
St. Lawrence
Enschede Lions
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Enschede Lions (player-coach)
St. Lawrence (graduate assistant)
St. Lawrence (assistant)
Cornell (assistant)
St. Lawrence (assistant)
Colgate (interim AD)
Head coaching record
Overall 352-346-80 (.504)
Accomplishments and honors
2006 Hockey East Regular Season Champion
2000 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year Award
2014 Tim Taylor Award (ECAC Hockey)

Don Vaughan is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former player. Vaughan has been the head coach at Colgate since 1992–93 and is the programs leader in both wins and tenure.[1]


Vaughan began his college career at Canton College, playing for the hockey team for one season before transferring to the cross-town St. Lawrence University, a more prestigious private university. More importantly Vaughan was now playing for a Division I program. Under Mike McShane Vaughan put up respectable numbers in his three seasons[2] as the Saints posted winning records each year and made the 1983 NCAA Tournament,[3] falling to eventual champion Wisconsin in the quarterfinals.[4]

After graduating with a degree in economics Vaughen headed to Europe to serve as the player-coach for the Enschede Lions, in ice hockey club in the Netherlands.[5] One year later he was back in Canton working on a Master's degree at his alma mater and working as a Graduate assistant for the hockey team, now in the hands of Joe Marsh. Vaughan received a post-graduate degree in 1987 and left St. Lawrence a year later, after the Saints had finished as runner-ups in the 1988 Tournament, to accept an assistant coaching position at Cornell. The Big Red played well during his time there, producing winning marks each year, but Vaughan found himself back at St. Lawrence for a third tour of duty in 1990.

In 1991 long time Colgate coach Terry Slater died suddenly[6] and, after the season was finished under Brian Durocher, Vaughan was picked to replace the Red Raider legend. The initial seasons were a bit lacking but Vaughan built the program back to its winning ways soon enough, giving the Colgate faithful a 20-win season in 1994–95 which started them on to six consecutive winning seasons culminating with their first NCAA tournament berth in a decade.[1] The season finished with Vaughan being awarded the 2000 ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year Award.[7]

In 2003 Vaughan agreed to serve out the season as Colgate's interim athletic director, allowing long-time assistant Stan Moore to assume control of the team for the year.[8] The Raiders performed exceptionally in his absence, winning a regular season title and earning Moore his own Coach of the Year Award. Not to be outdone, when Vaughen returned the following season he pushed Colgate to a 25-win season (the second highest total in school history), earning him a second tournament berth which he followed up by winning his first regular season title.[9]

After that the team began to flounder, failing to produce a winning season until 2011–12, but it wasn't all bad news for Vaughan as Colgate established an endowed hockey chair named in his honor.[10] With his named etched not only on the door but the program itself and having the team reach its third tournament berth during his tenure (in 2014), earning him a second league Coach of the Year Award, Vaughan will likely remain behind the bench as long as he wants to.

Career Statistics[2][edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1981–82 St. Lawrence ECAC Hockey 31 11 23 34 10
1982–83 St. Lawrence ECAC Hockey 36 15 15 30 40
1983–84 St. Lawrence ECAC Hockey 29 15 11 26 20
NCAA totals 96 41 49 90 70

College Head Coaching record[11][edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Colgate Red Raiders (ECAC Hockey) (1992–93–2000-01)
1992-93 Colgate 13-18-3 9-13-0 t-8th ECAC Quarterfinals
1993-94 Colgate 14-17-2 10-10-2 7th ECAC Quarterfinals
1994-95 Colgate 20-16-1 12-9-1 t-3rd ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
1995-96 Colgate 17-13-4 13-5-4 5th ECAC Quarterfinals
1996-97 Colgate 16-14-3 10-9-3 7th ECAC Preliminary Round
1997-98 Colgate 16-15-4 7-12-3 t-5th ECAC First Round
1998-99 Colgate 19-12-4 12-8-2 t-5th ECAC Four vs. Five
1999-00 Colgate 24-9-2 14-4-2 2nd NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
2000-01 Colgate 10-20-4 8-13-1 11th
Colgate: 149-134-27 95-83-18
Colgate Raiders (ECAC Hockey) (2001–02–2002–03)
2001-02 Colgate 13-19-2 10-10-2 t-6th ECAC First Round
2002-03 Colgate 17-19-4 9-10-3 t-7th ECAC Quarterfinals
Colgate: 30-38-6 19-20-5
Colgate Raiders (ECAC Hockey) (2004–05–present)
2004-05 Colgate 25-11-3 14-5-3 3rd NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2005-06 Colgate 20-13-6 14-6-2 t-1st ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
2006-07 Colgate 15-21-4 7-12-3 t-8th ECAC Quarterfinals
2007-08 Colgate 18-18-6 8-9-5 8th ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
2008-09 Colgate 12-18-7 6-11-5 10th ECAC First Round
2009-10 Colgate 15-15-6 12-8-2 4th ECAC Quarterfinals
2010-11 Colgate 11-28-3 4-15-3 12th ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
2011-12 Colgate 19-17-3 11-10-1 t-4th ECAC Third Place Game (Loss)
2012-13 Colgate 14-18-4 6-13-3 11th ECAC First Round
2013-14 Colgate 20-14-5 13-6-3 2nd NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
Colgate: 169-173-47 95-95-30
Total: 348-345-80

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "Colgate Men's Hockey Team History". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Don Vaughan". Hockey DB. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  3. ^ "St. Lawrence Men's Hockey Team History". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  4. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Don Vaughan". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Terry Slater, 54, Dies; Colgate Hockey Coach". New York Times. 1991-12-06. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  7. ^ "ECAC Hockey Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Vaughan named interim athletics director". Colgate Raiders. 2003-09. Retrieved 2014-08-17.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "2012-13 Men's Ice Hockey Coaching Staff". Colgate Raiders. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Colgate establishes men's ice hockey chair". Colgate University. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Colgate hockey Record Book" (PDF). Colgate Raiders. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joe Marsh
Rand Pecknold
Tim Taylor Award
Succeeded by
Mark Morris
Greg Carvel