SHADY HILLS — Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School has a new head football coach in place after the resignation of Tico Hernandez.
The Hurricanes have named a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers strength and conditioning coach, Joe Vaughn, as their new head coach, the school announced in a press release.
Vaughn worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-2019 and at the University of Kansas from 2006-2011. Vaughn continues to train some of the top professional athletes in the Tampa Bay area, such as former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, now with the Carolina Panthers, and Bucs offensive tackle Demar Dotson.
Vaughn is replacing Hernandez, who served as Bishop’s head coach for two years. Leaving the McLaughlin staff with Hernandez is former Ridgewood coach Jay Fulmer, who was the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator. Fulmer’s son, Will, was also on staff as an offensive assistant.
The hiring of Vaughn is the first personnel move for Bishop’s athletic director, Rex Desvaristes, who was hired late last month.
Desvaristes was most recently the AD at Citrus Park Christian School, in Hillsborough County. He has also held previous positions at Syracuse University, Gaither High School, D1 Training, and Cheval Athletic Club where according to the release he provided athletic training and coaching to professional athletes. He also has previous experience in community relations with the NFL’s Buccaneers.
The former Citrus Park Christian AD will have his work cut out for him, as he follows up Jeff Swymer, who stepped down from the position over a month ago. Swymer was previously the athletic director and baseball coach at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School.