Former Del Oro player Vaughn named Golden Eagles boys hoop coachBy: Mike Ray
LOOMIS – In his prep basketball playing days at Del Oro, Luke Vaughn was known as a player not afraid to get on the floor for a loose ball or step in and take an offensive charge.
Now, Vaughn, who earlier this week was named as the eighth Del Oro boys varsity basketball coach in school history, is hoping to parlay the message to his players that hard work pays off as he takes the reins of the Golden Eagles program from Geoff Broyles, who stepped down from the post earlier this summer after 16 years on the job.
“I played and coached for Geoff, and my goal is to keep the Del Oro tradition in basketball going,” said Vaughn. “When I think of a Del Oro basketball player, I think of a guy who isn’t afraid to play defense, works hard and is gritty.”
Vaughn, a 2006 Del Oro graduate, was a 6-foot-4 forward and an All-Sierra Foothill League pick in his senior season when he averaged 13 points and seven rebounds a game in helping the Golden Eagles go 20-9.
Following graduation and college, Vaughn, who is a mortgage broker, joined the Del Oro coaching staff four years ago coaching at the lower levels. For the past two seasons, he has been Del Oro’s head JV coach.
While not having a lot of coaching experience at the varsity level, Vaughn has retained longtime Del Oro assistants Matt Rickabaugh and Steve Evans to help him make the step up easier. Former Del Oro player Carrick Hoffart has also been tagged by Vaughn to join the varsity staff.
“I’ll have about 25 years of experience sitting to my left,” said Vaughn and that’s great. “I’ve worked with all three of my assistants, so we’re all on the same page.”
Broyles, who is Del Oro’s athletic director, capped a 31-year coaching career following last season. In 16 years as the Golden Eagles’ head coach, Broyles teams were 261-182 and won 18 or more games in 10 different seasons.
“Luke is highly motivated and will bring a lot of energy, passion and work ethic to the program,” said Broyles. “He’s been involved with Del Oro basketball going all the way back as a youth player for 20 years. We’re happy and excited about Luke coming to the varsity and excited for the future.”