PHILADELPHIA - Francis Vaughn has announced his resignation as the director of golf and head coach of men’s and women’s golf at the University of Pennsylvania. The announcement came from director of athletics Steve Bilsky.
“We are sorry to see Francis leave, but he has decided to pursue business opportunities with his companies on a full-time basis and we respect that decision,” said Bilsky. “Our golf teams have certainly made a name for themselves in the last several years, and Francis was central in making that happen.”
Vaughn spent the last 12 years in the position of Director of Golf. Last August, he returned to the position of head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams. Previously, he 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.
“I have a great sense of pride in taking over the men’s program and starting the women’s program,” he said. “I appreciated the opportunity to work with our players, alumni, and friends who supported us over the years. It has been a pleasure to be part of creating a solid foundation for the future of Penn golf.”
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.
While he was director of golf, the Penn men won the Ivy League Championships team trophy in 2007, and in 2008 Michael Blodgett became the first Quaker to win medalist honors at the Ivy Championships in the event’s 34-year history.
Overall, Vaughn coached players to 14 All-Ivy recognitions, including three seasons when three of the five 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.