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Vaughn passing the torch, not disappearing
During halftime of the Blue-White football game last week, GHS head coach Rick Jones and his team presented a signed helmet and a plaque to Brian Vaughn, recognizing his 15 years of dedicated service to the Greenwood High School athletic program. Vaughn founded the Greenwood Dog Pound website and has been a tireless promoter of the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs since the 1990s. He recently announced his retirement from fulltime involvement with the Dog Pound, but will remain connected as a consultant and frequent contributor. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Castor and the Greenwood Dog Pound)

Vaughn passing the torch, not disappearing

By Richard White

Following the spring football game last Thursday at Greenwood’s Smith-Robinson Stadium, Brian Vaughn made a historic announcement on his Greenwood Dog Pound website and affiliated social media outlets. For the first time he disclosed to the public what some people have known privately for a while – that he was giving up ownership and day-to-day control of his website.

But while Vaughn is passing the torch regarding the Dog Pound, he doesn’t plan to disappear completely from the scene. “I’ve been told that I can contribute as much as I like, and I will from time-to-time, doing just the “fun stuff,” said Vaughn. “It’s nice to know I’ll always be welcome. I will always be a Bulldog.”

To read the official announcement and other remarks from Brian, see the Greenwood Dog Pound page on Facebook or visit the Dog Pound website. Vaughn was also honored for his hard work and achievements during halftime of the Blue-White game, and was given a well deserved and long-overdo round of applause from those in attendance.

In remarks prepared for that ceremony, GHS head coach Rick Jones wrote, “As some of you may know, Brian Vaughn is stepping away from the day-to-day operations of the Greenwood Dog Pound. Fifteen years ago, Brian started the website that has become one of the best high school athletic websites in the country. The Greenwood Bulldogs football team would like to present to Brian a signed helmet and a plaque to show our appreciation for all the hard work and effort that has helped make Greenwood a special place to play football. He has helped the football team connect to places both near and far, and he has helped us win.”

Asked to express his feelings about Vaughn’s departure, Greenwood Athletic Director and Assistant Superintendent Jerry Cecil said, “If there was ever a guy who bleeds Bulldogs Blue, it’s Brian Vaughn. The Bulldogs have been his life for the past 15 years. He has spent untold hours getting the word out to our community and beyond about the Greenwood Bulldogs. He has poured himself into the Dog Pound website. And what might have started as a hobby, turned into the best high school sports website in the state, and one of the best in the nation. I appreciate all that Brian has done to promote Bulldog athletics. It may be a challenge for others to keep the website on the same level to which we have become accustomed. I hope Brian will continue to be a part of the Dog Pound.”

Indeed, Brian will maintain an important role with the Dog Pound, particularly over the next several months of transition, according to the website’s new manager, Richard White, who has served for the last few years as the chief Dog Pound sportswriter. “Brian will not only serve as a consultant, but will make frequent contributions to its content and suggestions regarding graphics and design.”

“He will remain a guiding presence, and the high standards he set over the past 15 years will continue to guide the website into the future,” said White. “I can’t think of a better person to run the Dog Pound than Richard White,” said Vaughn. “I know he is dedicated to the Bulldogs, and it’s in good hands.”

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