PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania has announced the re-structuring of the golf program, named Director of Golf Francis Vaughn the head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams and Chad Perman as an assistant coach. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky.
Previously, Vaughn was head coach of the men’s team from 1996-2002, leading the Quakers to the Ivy League Championships team title in 1998. Vaughn has been head coach of the women’s program since its inception in 2000.
Vaughn’s success with the men’s program is notable. The Quakers finished seventh at the Ivy Championships in 1996, his first season, but improved to second in 1997 before taking the team title in 1998. Vaughn also led the men to second-place finishes in 2000 and 2001, and a third-place finish in 1999. He coached players to 13 All-Ivy recognitions, including three seasons when three different players earned All-Ivy by finishing in the Top Seven at the Ivy Championships (1997, 1998, 2001).
With the women, Vaughn has coached four different players to All-Ivy honors; the Quakers’ best finish at the Ivy Championships came in 2005, when they finished third.
“The chance to work closely with both programs is something I look forward to,” said Vaughn. “Although I have been head coach of the women’s program the last few years, I still worked with a number of the men’s players at practice. With that in mind, I do not see the transition being very tough for either myself or the players.”
The hiring of Perman marks a return of sorts, as he played under Vaughn for the Quakers from 2000-03, captaining the squad as a senior. He was a three-time All-Ivy golfer -- in 2000, 2001 and 2003 -- and an All-American Scholar from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) as a junior and senior. His senior year, Perman was a PING Regional All-America. During Perman’s four-year career, Penn finished second at the Ivy League Championships three times.
Last year, Perman served as a volunteer assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s programs, and helped the men’s team win the Ivy League Championships team title and earn a bid to the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Ariz.
“I think Chad will be a great addition to our golf programs,” said Vaughn. “As a volunteer coach with both teams last year, he became reunited with a program where he was a cornerstone. His success as a former player on the course and in the classroom makes him a great fit for building on an already solid foundation. The players are already familiar with him, so I think it will be fairly easy adjustment on both sides.”
Perman’s post-collegiate golf experience includes continued excellence on and off the course. He was a top-10 finisher in the Maryland State Open as well as top-20 in the Pennsylvania State Open, the Eastern Amateur, and the Maryland Stroke Play Amateur. When not playing competitively, Perman explored golf design, including stints in golf course maintenance and construction.