By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Writer
McKinney Boyd has welcomed Rochelle Vaughn to the family as head coach of its girls basketball program.
The former Plano West varsity assistant Rachelle Vaughn and Boyd athletics director Don Drake held a player and parent meeting last Thursday night.
Vaughn replaces former head coach Bretagne Galbreath, who had been involved in the Lady Broncos’ program, as an assistant then head coach, since the school opened in 2006.
Vaughn played at Plano West High School from 2000-2001 and took her talents to the college level at the University of Arkansas, where she played from 2002-2006.
After college she played one year professionally in Germany, where she helped take a team from worst to first in the standings. When she returned back to the states, she worked in the marketing and ticket sales department with the Dallas Cowboys, while volunteering at her alma mater, Plano West, as a JV and varsity assistant.
For the past three years Vaughn has worked as Plano West’s JV head coach and varsity assistant. When she got word that Drake had picked her to become the Lady Broncos next head coach, she was more than excited about the chance to build a winner at Boyd.
“I was excited about this opportunity and trying to get a championship caliber mentality in here,” Vaughn said. “That’s what I hope to accomplish. Not just win, but also I want to get that championship mentality instilled. I’m not saying we are all about basketball, because we are not. We are trying to build young ladies to be what I want them to be, which are good citizens outside of high school.”
Her love of the game is undeniable and is one of the main reasons why she has chosen coaching basketball has her career path.
“I just wanted to be around the game of basketball,” she said. “While I was around the game, I would always be talking to the girls and telling them what I was seeing, practicing with them, giving them different insight. Because it’s different for female athletes to actually see someone doing what you think you want to do and who had success. Coming back to Plano West it kind of opened my eyes to thinking that this wouldn’t be such a bad career choice.”
Vaughn noted the great tradition and atmosphere that Boyd has as one of her main reasons for choosing this position.
“Great community involvement is what I love to hear,” she said, “because if you get the community behind you, you can do a lot of great things. That’s what we hope to accomplish here.”
Photos: Top left, Vaughn while working at Plano West; above right, while playing for the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks.