Todd Vaughan, who led Clearwater Central Catholic to a state title as a player and two more as a coach, stepped down after 33 seasons in charge of the program.
Vaughan told the team the time had come for a new coach according to a tweet from the school’s athletic account.
A shortstop on the Marauders’ 1979 state championship team, Vaughan went on to win two more titles (2002, ’07) during his run at CCC. He finished with a record of 578-287. Eighteen of his teams reached the playoffs,including seven that made the final four.
His tenure was noteworthy enough that the Tampa Bay Times ranked him 27th among the top 50 greatest coaches in bay area history, a list that included coaches in all sports at every level.
Former major leaguer Ryan Webb, Phillies’ minor league manager Shawn Williams and Red Sox reliever Ryan Weber, now with the organization’s Triple-A team, are among the alumni who played for Vaughan (photo above courtesy of MrKamraMan).
The school plans to recognize Vaughan’s accomplishments throughout next season and will name the baseball field after him.