Meet the Coach: Jimmie Vaughan

At Rogue, we believe that the success of our training programs rests not just upon expertly designed schedules and the huge network of resources and support on offer, but also upon our incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated coaches. These people put heart and soul (and a lot of time!) into helping you reach your full potential, and we thought you might like to learn more about them.


jimmieWhen and why did you start running?

I started running in November of 2009; however, it was not until August of 2010 before I was able to run consistently.  I got into running because I was out of shape, overweight, and suffered a mild heart attack at the age of 37 in 2009.  I knew once I could become a runner, all of my health problems would go away.

How did you get into coaching?

After running my first marathon in November of 2011, I failed to take enough recovery time and jumped straight into training for the Austin 2012 Marathon.  This lead to a torn Achilles tendon.  Fearful that I would revert back to being unhealthy, I asked to coach in order to keep myself around the running environment.

Why Rogue?

I was running with another running group, and several of the coaches felt I needed to be involved with a training program that would help me reach my maximum potential.  I had seen Rogue runners at several local races, but had always felt they were to “elite” for someone like me.  Once I got involved with Rogue I realized that was far from the case.  Rogue runners come in all shapes, sizes, and ability levels.

What is your trademark coaching philosophy and/or style?

My coaching style is to keep it light-hearted and relatable.  I want all runners to have fun during the process even if it means I have to be “quirky”.

Most memorable run?

The first time I ran Ladera Norte.  I didn’t think that hill was ever going to end.  I had heard many horror stories about it, but when I ran it without having to walk I felt as though I had accomplished the impossible!

Favorite post-run meal?

Anything that has a lot of protein.

Favorite Rogue long run route?

My favorite long run route is Shark Bait in Cedar Park.  I’ve had many fast/ enjoyable runs on this route.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new runner, what would it be?

Know you can!  I always tell my runners that I know they can do it; they just have to know it as well.

What are you coaching next?

I will be coaching the Texas Winter Half and Full Marathon groups in Cedar Park.

What do you do when you aren’t running or coaching?

When I’m not running or coaching, I try to spend a lot of time with my daughter.  I also enjoy cooking any/ everything I can on the grill!

Any pets?

We have a Toy Fox Terrier named Vader.  He’s 10 pounds of ferocious.

What’s the last book you read?

Bowerman and the Men of Oregon

What is one item that is ALWAYS in your refrigerator?

Kale is an item always in my fridge.  Currently I am hooked on a Kale smoothie that one of my fellow coaches turned me on to.

If you were a vegetable, which one would you be?

Asparagus.  Primarily because I love grilled Asparagus.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I’d love to go to Scotland.  For some reason, the Loch Ness Monster has always fascinated me.

What is one to-do on your bucket list?

Play a round of golf in Hawaii.

Favorite quote?

“Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Take risks in life, step outside your comfort zone, make mistakes, encounter failures, and become a better individual because of it (just my thought on the Twain Quote).


Jimmie’s next program is Winter Marathon & Half, which will prepare runners for any November/December marathon or half marathon (ie San Antonio, Philly, Dallas, CIM). The group begins on July 10 – details for marathoners and half marathoners here!


2 thoughts on “Meet the Coach: Jimmie Vaughan

  1. Coach Jimmie is the best! He makes training fun and he helps you believe you can always do more and then go do it.

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