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Vaughn out as Liberty football coach

by Scott Kaniewski, scott.kaniewski@gazette.com — Updated: December 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm 0

Following a 2-8 season, the Liberty football program is seeking its third coach in fewer than two seasons.

Clarence Vaughn, who won two Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins, was let go after one season in charge of the Lancers.

“It’s just with the point we are at with the program, it felt better to go in a different direction,” Liberty athletic director Mike Sibley said.

Liberty let Vaughn (2-8 overall, 1-6 4A Pikes Peak League) go earlier this week.

The Lancers won their second game before hitting a seven-game losing streak in which they scored a total of 30 points and were shut out three times. But the Lancers finished the season with a 21-0 win over Air Academy.

“With the opportunity of the new two-year (athletic) cycle, there’s a lot of new opportunity for everybody right now,” Sibley said. “We’re excited with the new league coming up. This gives us a little variety in the nonleague schedule now.”

Sibley is targeting mid-January for the hiring of a new coach. Meanwhile, assistant coach Marc Sites, who has been at Liberty for 13 years and headed the C-squad the last six, is the interim head coach and has expressed interest in taking over permanently.

Vaughn took over for Jaron Cohen who went 24-27 in five years at Liberty. Vaughn was a linebacker coach at Rampart in 2008 and the defensive coordinator at Miami-Yoder in 2007.

“With the competitiveness of programs in this area, there’s a lot of good coaches and great kids that want to play football. You have to be ready to compete,” Sibley said, pointing out state champions Pine Creek and Coronado.

Liberty is the third football program in the Pikes Peak region to part ways with its coach following the 2013 season. Sierra and Rampart are also looking for coaches. The season ended Nov. 30.

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