Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Johnny Vaught

Johnny Vaught


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Mississippi
  • Years: 1947-1973
  • Inducted: 1979
  • Place of Birth: Olney, TX
  • Date of Birth: May 06, 1909
  • Place of Death: Oxford, MS
  • Date of Death: Feb 03, 2006

Member Biography

Some say football at Ole Miss began when John Vaught began his coaching career there. Vaught was an organizer, a man who believed in detailed preparation before each game. He poured over game films and scouting reports religiously; he hated a surprise on a Saturday afternoon. University of Mississippi Chancellor Porter L. Fortune, Jr. said on John Vaught Day in 1971, "John Vaught trained the boys to become men while imparting to them some of his own extraordinary skills as an athlete." Vaught was born on May 6, 1909, in Olney, Texas. He attended Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth and was class president and valedictorian. He moved on to Texas Christian University and was an honor student, football captain, and, in 1932, All-America guard. His first college coaching job was as assistant at North Carolina 1936- 1941. Vaught served in the Navy in World War II and was a lieutenant commander. He went to the University of Mississippi as assistant coach in 1946, moved up to head coach in 1947. He retired after the 1970 season but came back to direct the team the last 8 games of 1973. Vaught's record was 190-61-12, a .745 percentage. His 1960 team was named national champion by the Football Writers Association.