Now loading.
Please wait.



VLM Books

In his honest and revealing biography, former Rutgers University football standout and Assistant United States Attorney Vaughn L. McKoy leads readers through the mind-set and strategies he adopted that result in personal and professional success. An inner-city youth from Paterson “P-town” New Jersey, Vaughn becomes convinced life has more to offer than drugs, gangs, and prison. Throughout grade school and high school, despite the lure of the streets and the shock and responsibility of becoming a teenage dad, he strives for athletic excellence, encouraged by baseball, basketball, and football coaches whose teachings are never solely about the game. After being awarded a football scholarship to Rutgers University, Vaughn meets alumnus, attorney, and business mogul Arthur M. Goldberg while lifting weights. For the next ten years, “Mr. G.” weekly mentors Vaughn to pursue academic and professional success. Under the mentorship of Mr. G., Vaughn continues his rise to professional achievement as a law firm litigator, an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and the head of the Criminal Division for the New Jersey Attorney General. Today, Vaughn is a corporate lawyer and executive at Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. Inspired by Mr. G. and others, Vaughn embarks on a personal mission to “give back” and help organizations and people achieve their goals. Chapter by chapter, through Vaughn’s trials and triumphs, Playing Up builds in readers the mind-set of ongoing achievement and the inspiration to obtain the guidance of a mentor and meaningful relationships. Playing Up is more than a biography. It’s a true-to-life compass its readers can follow to play up in their own lives, one that can lead them to engage in mentoring relationships that provide ongoing direction, accountability, and encouragement, written from a mentee’s perspective.


A moving story that addresses not just the importance of determination and hard work, but also the importance of stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and how to effectively accept help when it is offered. The book could have been titled “How to Pay It Forward.”

Also, I have had the privilege of hearing the author speak on a couple of occasions. He is a gifted orator. Hear him if you get the chance.A. Caltabiano


Awesome!…every page was filled with honesty and integrity…I am honored to have been apart of the Joe Clark experience…lucas


As I read Vaughn’s book I was so inspired by the emotions that I felt as I read the book because I could actually visualize each scene as the story was being told. I think that was the beauty of the book for me. I laughed. I cried and there was some anger too! I was inspired to personally move forward in my life goals to achieve even more than before! I read the book within two days, something I had never done before. Vaughn McKoy and Tammy Barley (Editor) thanks for sharing your guidance and expertise with my upcoming projects. I have seen your work and experienced a journey that touched my life in a positive way. Thank You!Dr. Pinky Miller


A must read. This book really highlights the difference a mentor can make in someone’s life. A truly inspirational story.Fatima Calcado


Not only can you overcome obstacles, you can use them as self motivation. This book provides you insights in mentorship, perseverance and character. Vaughn selflessly shared his personal experiences to highlight that there is no challenge you can succumb to. I look forward to the next titles from Vaughn Mckoy.Lorenzo


Buy The Book