Arnold names new head football coach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Arnold High School has named its new head football coach.

Coach Vaughan's resume is impressive, listing more than 34 years of coaching experience with 33 of those years as a head football coach. He was the Arizona Cardinals State Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2009. He named State Coach of the Year in Arizona in both 2012 and 2006. He was twice selected as the state All-Star Head Coach in Arizona (2008) and Georgia (1996).

Some of the 71 year old coach's other accomplishments include leading his Mountain Pointe High School team in Phoenix to 99 wins with only 19 losses. While at Wickenburg High School in Arizona, the team had a record of 47 wins and five losses.

The coach had a very successful 9 year run at Mountain Pointe, including a state championship. Then he resigned in 2017, saying he he wanted to go back to Georgia to be closer to his family.

Before moving to Arizona, coach Vaughan was the head coach at four different schools in Georgia. Those four, Heard County, Meadowcreek, North Springs and South Forsyth. He led three of those four to the playoffs.

In all the coach has a career record of 271-114.

Arnold A.D, Rick Green told me Tuesday coach Vaughan checked all the boxes they were looking for in this hire. A veteran head coach with playoff experience. A coach who has turned programs around. And a coach who has been successful in the community.

Coach Vaughan will be introduced to the school and the rest of us Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock.