The Nebraska Compliance Office will be led by Jamie Vaughn.
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Vaughn to Lead Nebraska Compliance Department

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska Athletic Department announced Wednesday that Jamie Vaughn has been hired as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. Vaughn joins the Nebraska staff after holding the same position at Kansas State for the past three years.

Vaughn will assume his new position in mid-July and will replace Gary Bargen who will retire later this summer. Bargen has led the Nebraska compliance department since 1999, and been a member of the compliance staff since 1995. He served as an assistant basketball coach from 1987 to 1995.

"Jamie Vaughn has a strong background in the area of Compliance that should be beneficial to our coaches, student-athletes and athletic department staff," Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said. "Jamie has been a productive and successful member of several strong athletic departments around the country, and he is held in high regard in his field. We look forward to adding him in this important role in our athletic department at Nebraska.

"Gary Bargen has been a key member of our staff for a number of years, first with our basketball program and most recently in our Compliance Department. Gary has done an excellent job heading up our Compliance program. We want to thank him for his outstanding service and wish him well in his retirement."

Vaughn will take charge of a compliance staff of seven members that is charged with ensuring that the conduct and operations of Nebraska's 23 athletic teams are in compliance with NCAA and Big Ten Conference rules and regulations. He will also be a member of Osborne's athletic department executive staff.

"I am very excited about the opportunity Coach Osborne has given me to lead the Compliance Office at the University of Nebraska," Vaughn said. "Nebraska athletics is respected nationally for both its academic and athletic accomplishments, and I feel blessed to be joining the staff. I am looking forward to working with the administration, coaches, staff and student-athletes and with all of the fine people on the campus at the University. My family and I are also excited about joining the Lincoln community."

Vaughn assumed the role of Associate Athletic Director for Compliance at Kansas State in 2009. In his time at K-State, Vaughn evaluated and re-organized the Compliance Office structure and daily operations. He also assisted with the development of the Athletic Department's five-year strategic plan and served as the campus contact to the NCAA for the University's 3rd Cycle Certification process.

Before his time in Manhattan, Vaughn was the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Texas Tech from 2007 to 2009, where he successfully led the daily operations Red Raiders' Compliance Office.

Vaughn also has experience in the Big Ten Conference, having worked as an assistant compliance director at Ohio State from 2004 to 2007. During his time in Columbus, Vaughn was directly responsible for the re-registration of professional sports agents, financial planners and disability insurance providers, and he initiated the integration of the compliance office with the Student-Athlete Advisory Board. Vaughn also worked on the compliance staff at New Mexico State from 2002 to 2004.

Vaughn worked in various roles at Wayne State College, his alma mater, from 1997 to 2002. He provided rules education for athletes, athletic staff and academic counselors at Wayne State as the NCAA Compliance coordinator in 2001 and 2002. He also served as an admissions specialist, assistant sports and recreation facilities manager and graduate assistant women's basketball coach at the school.

Vaughn graduated with honors from Wayne State with a degree in English writing and literature in 1997 and earned his master's in sports administration and management in 2002.

Jamie and his wife, Karin, have a daughter, Kayla, 15, and a son Tyler, 9. Karin is also a graduate of Wayne State College. 


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