GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman head football coach Clay Hendrix announced today that Duane Vaughn has been promoted to the position of defensive coordinator.
Vaughn, who recently completed his eighth season as a member of Furman's coaching staff, replaces Chad Staggs, who served as the Paladins' defensive coordinator the last two seasons.
"I am really pleased to announce Duane's promotion to defensive coordinator," said Hendrix earlier today. "He is extremely bright, is a great worker, and is an outstanding recruiter. It is an exciting time for Paladin football, and Duane's knowledge of our defense, his energy, and the relationships he has with our players should help us move forward in our goal of having a great defense."
In making the announcement, Hendrix also indicated that Ken Lamendola, Furman's inside linebackers coach, would assume recruiting coordinator duties for the program.
Vaughn served as coach of the Paladins' outside linebackers and as recruiting coordinator the last two seasons, during which time he oversaw the development of Adrian Hope, who led the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 15.5 sacks en route to earning All-America honors as a redshirt freshman on Furman's 2018 Southern Conference championship team.
He served as coach of the Paladin safeties for two years (2015-16) and tight ends coach for three campaigns (2012-14), which included Furman's 2013 SoCon championship. He began his coaching career as an offensive assistant with the Paladins in 2011.
In addition to his most recent work with Adrian Hope, Vaughn played a key role in the development of a pair of highly regarded tight ends, including two-time consensus All-Southern Conference and FCS All-America performer Colin Anderson and all-conference performer Duncan Fletcher.
In 2016 Vaughn directed the work of All-SoCon safety Trey Robinson, a free agent signee of the New York Giants, while also overseeing the development of 2017 & '18 All-SoCon honoree Aaquil Annoor.
A native of Clarksville, Tenn., he played running back and safety at Davidson Academy, twice earning all-state honors.
Vaughn enrolled at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2007 and was a member of the Commodore football program, lettering as a senior special teams contributor in 2010. He was named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll all four years before graduating with a degree in secondary education and history.
Hunter Reid, Sports Information