Pine High School has named Eddie Vaughn its new basketball coach, replacing Landon Thomas, who resigned.
Vaughn comes to Pine after taking a year off, and he said he’s excited to be back.
“I’ve had a year off,” Vaughn said. “My batteries are charged again, and I’ve got some more crazy ideas that I’m ready to see if they’ll work.”
Vaughn brings 33 years of coaching experience at the college and high school level to the hardwood.
Vaughn has coached collegiately at Mississippi State, Kansas State, Marshall, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Neosho County Community College in Kansas.
He was the head coach at Neosho County for six years and served was an assistant for MSU’s men’s team. Vaughn served as an interim women’s head coach at MSU his last season there.
On the high school level he’s coached at Valley Forge Academy in Amite, Episcopal in Baton Rouge, Rayne, Grand Isle, Church Point, Walker, Central Lafourche, Scotlandville and Parkview Baptist.
“All of the places are special,” Vaughn said. “The kids are special. I’m just very fortunate. I stay in touch with a lot of the kids. It’s been a great 33 years, and I’m looking forward to the challenges of 34. Everybody’s been so nice to me around here, I’m ready to get this started and get going.”
Vaughn said his specialty is shooting and skills.
He gives private shooting lessons. Some of those he’s taught have been former New Orleans Hornet and LSU players Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton, Jeff Malone at Mississippi State and Mitch Richmond and Norris Coleman at KSU.
He also coached the women’s leading Southeastern Conference scorer in Daisy Casher during his time as interim head coach for the MSU women’s team.
“I don’t know what it is, but I have some ability with my basketball theories, I guess. If I’ve got a kid with some talent, I have the ability to create opportunities for that kid to score the basketball,” Vaughn said. “At Grand Isle we had four double-figure scorers with any of the five starters ready to go double figures on any night.”
He said he believes a team needs to have three double-digit scorers, or four in order to be successful.
Vaughn said as a product of former college coach Bob Boyd, he likes to play on the extreme of offense.
“We don’t have a shot clock,” Vaughn said. “I’d like to play the first 10 seconds and then I’d like to play, let’s say 20 seconds, into more offense to where I can break your defense down. We either want to go real fast or almost go real slow. If we can go real fast, I’m after that.”
Vaughn has also worked camps in Europe for 14 years after coaching foreign exchange student Jakob Tornell at Walker High School. The camps started in Amol, Sweden, and he’s also worked camps in Karlstad, Stockholm and Horsholm, Denmark.
“Jakob loved basketball. He realized why we were better at it than the kids in Sweden,” Vaughn said. “It’s because we practice endlessly. They practice twice a week for about 90 minutes. He wanted to accelerate basketball in his town. We figured a camp was the best way to get a lot done in a short period of time. It just grew from there.”
Pine principal Jennifer Thomas said her school is excited to have someone with Vaughn’s experience and knowledge of the game.
She added the players like Vaughn’s enthusiasm.
“He’s somewhat of a comedian,” Thomas said.
“He is really funny. He’s a lot of fun. He does rub off on the kids and the administration. He’s a good guy to be around.”