CLEARWATER, Fla. – On Friday, February 25, the Clearwater Central Catholic community celebrated the career of Coach Todd Vaughan ’79 with a tailgate, jersey retirement and field naming ceremony. Todd Vaughan was a member of the ’79 CCC State Championship baseball team, and would go on to coach two more CCC State Champ teams in 2002 and again in 2008.
Members from every team led by Coach Vaughan attended the event to celebrate the storied career of one of the school’s most successful coaches. During the ceremony, retired MLB pitcher Ryan Webb ‘04 presented the jersey to Coach Vaughan. Former state championship teammates and classmates from 1979 showed up to honor their friend, and each of Coach Vaughan’s former assistant coaches paid homage to their former mentor.
As the ceremony concluded, Coach Vaughan passed the proverbial torch to new Head Coach Dan Wheeler, former MLB pitcher and previous assistant coach to Vaughan. Wheeler played professionally for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Mets, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians from 1999 through 2012.
We thank all those who were able to attend – especially Coach Vaughan and his family for their years of dedication and incredible contribution to CCC.