Vice President, Communications
Rick Vaughn, Rays vice president, communications since April 1996, begins his 18th season with the Rays and his 28th in major league baseball.
At the 2003 baseball winter meetings, he received the prestigious Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. The award, named after the longtime baseball executive, goes to the "active, non-uniformed representative of Major League Baseball whose ethics, character, dedication, service, professionalism and humanitarianism best represent the standards propounded by Robert O. Fishel."
In November 2002, he served as public relations director for the MLB All-Star Team's tour of Japan. Before joining the Rays, he spent 10 years in the Baltimore Orioles public relations office, the last five as director, and then two as director of communications for the NFL's Washington Redskins.
Vaughn is a 1979 graduate of George Mason University, where he threw the first no-hitter in school history. In 2000, his hometown of Alexandria, Va., named the former T.C. Williams High School righthander among its 100 greatest high school athletes.
Rick and his wife of 34 years, Sue, have two daughters, Amanda and Elissa, and three adopted Pomeranians. He serves on the board of directors for Clearwater for Youth, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Homeless Emergency Project and is an active volunteer for the Miracle League of St. Petersburg.