| Wins against Kentucky - 1 | Losses against Kentucky - 0 |
Alma Mater: Princeton
Hometown: Crawfordsville, IN
Date Born: December 29, 1888
Date Died: February 18, 1969
Overall Record: 195-175 [21 Seasons]
|1/6/1925||Kentucky at Wabash||L||10 - 57||-|
Obituary - Indianapolis Star (February 18, 1969)
Robert Vaughan Dies; Ex-Coach at Wabash
Crawfordsville, Ind. - Robert Edward (Pete) Vaughan, a longtime Indiana sports figure, died yesterday in Culver Hospital here. He was 80 years old.
Vaughan was a football all-American at both Notre Dame and Princeton and a pioneer of basketball in Indiana.
He served as director of athletics at Wabash College here in two different periods, the longest being connected with coaching in 1917-1947. He was called from retirement in 1961 to serve as interim athletic director for a two-year period.
He served as Crawfordsville park director from 1956 until 1960.
He coached basketball at Wabash College until 1938 and football until 1947 and was athletic director until 1932.
Vaughan was elected tot he Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1966.
A native Lafayette, he was graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1908.
He then attended Notre Dame for two years, reaching stardom in both basketball and football. Transferring to Princeton, he had two more years of outstanding athletic competition.
Vaughan began coaching at Purdue in 1912. He went to the University of California in 1916.
During World War I, Vaughan rose to the rank of captain as an infantryman in France. He remained in Europe after the war with the Army of Occupation and coach the 28th Division (Pennsylvania National Guard) football team.
It was during this period that Vaughan was called upon to explain football's fundamentals to King Albert of Belgium.
Later Vaughan recalled how King Albert took such an interest in football that he walked on the muddy field behind the team so he could get a closer look at what the players were doing.
Vaughan came to Wabash College in 1919. He was married to Esther Luckett, an assistant in the college's administrative offices. She died a few years after their marriage.
Vaughan coached 27 football squads at Wabash College to a record of 110-85-24, often against such big names as Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame.
His Wabash basketball teams during 1919-38 rolled up a mark of 193-173. He produced two teams known as "wonder fives."
Pete's 1921-22 outfit won 20 of 23 games and the 1924-25 quintet lost only one game - to Wisconsin - and was hailed by the press as a national champion.
He was given an honorary master's degree by the college.
Vaughan was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, the Eagles Lodge and Byron Cox post of the American Legion here.
He is survived by two sisters.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hunt and Son Funeral Home here.
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