Vaught, who left a sales job to become a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech, first was a high school coach at Lexington where one of his assistants was current Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.
then came to Roanoke as the head coach at Patrick Henry
, but resigned midway through the 1989 season after making a racial slur about an opposing player at halftime.
later made headlines at Richlands, admitting that he
team in illegal cleats during a 1992 Division 4 semifinal victory over Salem.
was suspended from coaching for one season by the Tazewell County School Board
returned to Richlands as head coach in 1995 for a short tenure.