Northern State University head men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips announced today the promotion of Josh Vaughan to associate head coach. Vaughan has spent two seasons with the Wolves as an assistant under Phillips.
“Josh has been a huge part of our success over the past two seasons,” noted Phillips. “His knowledge of the game and ability to communicate with players is as good as anyone in the profession. His promotion is to Associate Head Coach is a direct reflection of how important he is to me and our program.”
In his two seasons at NSU, the Wolves went 39-14 overall with an NSIC North Division and NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Championship. Seven Wolves tallied all-conference honors in those two seasons, including 2021 NSIC Defensive Player of the Year Parker Fox.
“I am grateful to the Athletic Department and Saul to be a part of this university and program,” explained Vaughan. “I appreciate the kind words and the promotion, and I look forward to continuing our pursuit of excellence in every area.”
Vaughan joined the Northern State staff after three seasons as the head coach at Dickinson State. Leading the Blue Hawks, DSU went 40-43 making it to the NSAA Tournament Championship game in 2017-18. He coached five all-conference student-athletes, including the 2019 NSAA Defensive Player and Newcomer of the Year, as well as one All-American.
Prior to his first head coaching position, Vaughan made stops at the University of Mary (2015-17) and MSU Moorhead (2011-13) as an assistant coach, and North Dakota State (2013-15) and Wofford College (2010-11) as the director of operations. In his time at NDSU, the Bison won back-to-back Summit League Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Vaughan’s teams at both MSU Moorhead and Wofford College also made appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Vaughan was a 2-year starter at North Dakota State University, under Phillips. He was a member of the 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifying team that won the Summit League regular season and tournament championships. Vaughan received his Bachelor of Science in Sport Recreation Leadership from North Dakota State and Master of Science in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from MSU Moorhead.
Vaughan and his wife, Halie, have two sons and one daughter.
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