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World Series Has Aggie Flair

For the second time in the last three seasons, Major League Baseball's premier event will have a UC Davis flair as former Aggie Daniel Descalso and his St. Louis Cardinals teammates open the 109th World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

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Matt Vaughn

 

Head Coach: UC Davis

The veteran of the Aggie baseball staff, Matt Vaughn enters his 19th season with the program, now as associate head coach. He has been an integral part of the Aggies success in that time, including two trips to the Division II College World Series (1995 and 2003) and one to the Division I postseason (2008). During his career, Vaughn's duties have included development of the Aggie pitching staff, recruiting and the numerous day-to-day duties of running a collegiate baseball program.

In his UC Davis tenure, Vaughn has coached 28 players who have gone on to sign professional contracts, including 15 pitchers. Ten Aggies have earned a total of 12 All-America honors and three have been named West Region Pitchers of the Year. In 2004, one of his proteg├ęs - Michael Potter - captured California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year honors. In Vaughn's tenure as pitching coach, five of his pitchers have been selected as conference pitcher of the year.

In 1997, in a national setting, Vaughn was one of six coaches named to the USA Baseball support staff for its 1997 National Team Trials in Tampa, Fla., where he assisted in player evaluation and development. Internationally, Vaughn spent two summers working for Major League Baseball International in Europe. In the summer of 1992, he served as a baseball envoy to Czechoslovakia and Poland. Then in 1994, he was the pitching coach for the Great Britain National Team as they played in the European "B" Pool Championships. Vaughn pitched for the Aggies from 1989-92, winning nine games while starting 26 and relieving in 11 others. He was an honorable mention All-NCAC selection his senior year and won his last four decisions as an Aggie, including his final three starts.

Vaughn graduated from UC Davis in 1992 with a degree in biological sciences. He received his master's degree in management from National University in 1999. He and his wife, Dana, were married on New Year's Eve, 1998. They have a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Casey.

Tony Schifano

 

Assistant Coach: UC Davis

Former Aggie great Tony Schifano returns to his alma mater in 2008 following a 10-year professional baseball career and a recent stint as an assistant coach at Los Gatos High School. Schifano's primary duties will include coaching the infielders and serving as the third base coach during games. He will also assist with baserunning, hitting and recruiting.

During his time at Los Gatos, the team accumulated over 90 wins during four seasons and won a Central Coast Section title in 2006.

Schifano signed as an undrafted free agent with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and worked his way through the minor league system until making it to the Triple-A level with the Houston Astros in 2001. He also played professionally with the independent Central League and Northern League. In 2000, Schifano was a member of Team USA at the Panama Cup.

Schifano enjoyed a stellar collegiate career with the Aggies from 1994-97. During that time he was a three-time All-Northern California Athletic Conference First Team selection. He was a member of the 1995 team that won a regional championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series under legendary Aggie coach Phil Swimley. He was also a member of the 1994 squad that won the final NCAC championship for UC Davis.

When he graduated in 1997, Schifano held the career record for hits (214), and was second in games played (194) and at bats (678). He continues to remain in the top five in those three categories and is also on the all-time list in runs scored (135) and triples (12). He still holds the single season record for most chances without an error (103).

Jason Armstrong

 

Assistant Coach: UC Davis

Second-year volunteer assistant coach Jason Armstrong came to UC Davis from Trinity University in Texas where he served as the Tigers' associate head coach, recruiting coordinator, and hitting coach. Armstrong's primary duties with the Aggies will include coaching the outfielders and hitters and he will serve as first base coach during games.

In his only year at Trinity, Armstrong helped lead one of the best offensive attacks in Division III, as the Tigers hit .327 as a team and led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in almost every category.

Prior to coaching at Trinity, Armstrong set several single season and career records as a player. A four-time All-SCAC honoree, Armstrong led the Tigers to a No. 3 national ranking in 2004 and was selected as the 2004 SCAC Player of the Year. In addition, he was named West Region Player of the Year, was a first team All-American selection and was runner-up in the National Player of the Year voting. That same season, Armstrong set the school's single season record for hits (90), doubles (20), and triples (6). He currently holds the career hits record at Trinity with 281 hits which is also second highest in the SCAC record books and fifth best in Division III history. His 42-game hitting streak in 2004 also stands as third longest in Division III.

Following a standout career with the Tigers, Armstrong was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th round of the 2004 MLB draft.

During his five-year career, Armstrong worked his way up to the Advanced-A Level before retiring due to a career-ending shoulder injury. In 2005, Armstrong experienced his most successful season at the professional level. While batting .290 with the Class A Lansing Lugnuts, he was selected to represent the Western Divison in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Armstrong was amongst the league leaders in batting average and hits and led the Lugnuts in most offensive categories while starting 118 games. That same season, Armstrong was selected as the Lugnuts' Offensive MVP and named to the Blue Jays Top 40 Prospect List.

In addition to his years as a coach and player, Armstrong spent one year as a member of the San Francisco Giants minor league scouting department, and is an ISSA certified personal trainer, having received a professional certificate in personal training from San Diego State University in 2007.

This past summer, Armstrong served as the hitting and infield coach for the Brewster Whitecaps of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League.

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