WSSU's Chip Vaughn Selected To Coach in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association is proud to announce the full coaching rosters for the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The list, topped by returning head coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz, is annually the most impressive coaching crew of any college all-star game.

Martz will attempt to defend his 2015 National Team title against Holmgren's American Team on January 23, 2016 at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills. In the rematch, participating players will benefit from instruction by some of the best to ever play and coach the sport.

Joining the American Team as an assistant coach is WSSU's Chip Vaughn, who will coach the safeties.

Vaughn joined Winston-Salem State in the fall of 2015 through the NFLPA Coaching Internship Program, but quickly made a strong impression and was promoted to a full-time assistantbefore fall camp ended.

"It is an honor to be selected out of so many candidates. I will use this opportunity to further my knowledge of the game by learning from two legendary coaches in Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz.  Words cannot express how excited I am", said Chip Vaughn.

The NFLPA Coaching Internship is an opportunity, built in collaboration with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), which provides transitioning and former NFL players an in-depth, foundational coaching experience. Selected interns will be able to spend an entire season coaching on the sidelines of an NCAA Division II, Division III, or NAIA institution.

The NFLPA Coaching Internship provides transitioning and former NFL players with an opportunity to gain coaching experience. Chip Vaughn will be coaching the safeties on defense, and assisting with special teams.

Chip Vaughn is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, where he starred at Robinson Secondary School, before taking his talents to the ACC and Wake Forest.

Vaughn had a stellar career at Wake Forest where he finished with 257 tackles, three interceptions, 22 passes defended, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. In 2007 he was named All-ACC honorable mention, and topped off his senior season in 2008 with a First-team All-ACC selection, where he played in 13 games with 12 starts, registering 87 tackles, two interceptions, six passes defended and two fumble recoveries. Vaughn helped the Demon Deacons rank 12th in the nation in pass defense, allowing 172.5 yards per game.

He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL (116th overall) by the New Orleans Saints. After an injury during a training camp practice, he spent the entire season on injured reserve, but did receive a Super Bowl XLIV ring for being on the winning team. Vaughn would go on to play two more seasons in the NFL, with stints at the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.