In a press conference at the Christian County Historical Society building, the Hoppers made history and announced their newest Head Coach.
GM Ted Jatczak and Board President Frank Giles announced the hiring of Gary Vaught as the next head coach of the back-to-back-to-back OVL West Division Champion Hoptown Hoppers. Vaught makes his way to Hoptown after retiring from a 34-year head coaching career at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Vaught’s successful coaching career saw him amass a 1280-723-2 (.639) record with head coaching stops at Connors State College, Kansas State, Oral Roberts, and the University of Indianapolis. Vaught’s longest stay was with the Greyhounds in Indianapolis, where he held an impressive 808-533-2 (.603) record in 24 years at the helm of the program.
The hiring of Vaught points the Hoppers in an unprecedented direction. Prior to today, no head coach in Hopper history had collegiate head coaching experience. GM Ted Jatczak believes Vaught’s experience can be a big asset for the Hoppers. “I have always heard ‘experience is the best teacher’ and I am looking forward to Coach Vaught using his over 30 years of baseball coaching experience to teach our next group of Hoppers not just about baseball, but also about life – on and off – the field!” said the Hopper GM. “We are also excited what Coach Vaught can teach the entire Hopper organization about baseball. His experience is priceless. Please help us welcome Coach Vaught and his wife Anne to the Hopper family.”
After visiting for game one of the 2019 OVL Playoffs, Vaught is primed and ready for what Hoptown has to offer, and is eager to began filling out his roster for the 2020 season. “The Hoptown Hoppers are a very classy program! Not only was I impressed by how the players played the game but even more how committed the fans were and how the community supported the team! I feel very honored to have the opportunity to coach and be a part of the Hoptown Hoppers!” remarked the 67 year old head coach.
Coach Vaught will take over the reigning OVL Champion and Back-to-Back-to-Back OVL West Division Champion Hoptown Hoppers as they begin their ninth year of summer collegiate wood bat baseball in Hopkinsville.