Indiana High School Tennis
Community Service Award
Ed Yarbrough Community Service Award annually honors a coach with a longtime
commitment to developing a tennis program in his/her community. Other
criteria include passion, service to tennis, voluntarism, and dedication to
teaching life lessons through the sport.
The award honors the memory of Coach Yarbrough, the all-time victory leader in Indiana HS tennis, who passed away in June 2010. Over a period of more than four decades, he developed an outstanding community tennis program in Jasper, Ind.
The inaugural award was presented on Feb. 4, 2011, by Coach Yarbrough's wife, son, and daughter to veteran New Albany HS Coach Bob Dusch.
The award will be presented each year at the State Tennis Convention.
Gary Hayes (Portage)
Jim Clark (Homestead)
Bob Dusch (New Albany)
Note of Thanks
From Yarbrough Family
Jasper High School Coach Ed Yarbrough, the winningest tennis coach in Indiana history, died early Saturday morning, June 19, in an Evansville hospital after a brief battle with pre-leukemia.
Coach Yarbrough won nearly 900 matches in a 40-year coaching career of boys' and girls' tennis at Jasper. The 64-year-old Yarbrough transformed the small southern Indiana community into a tennis powerhouse, taking six boys' teams and six girls' teams to the IHSAA State Finals and winning the boys' state championship in 1999.
He was named National Tennis Coach of the Year in 2007. He earned numerous coaching honors on a district and state level over the years and was inducted into the Indiana Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994.
Coach Yarbrough was a frequent speaker at the Indiana State Tennis Convention. He was instrumental in upgrading the Indiana Tennis Hall of Fame at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center in Indianapolis. He was past president of the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association and played a major role in the expansion of the coaching association and the state convention.
Coach Yarbrough retired from teaching English at Jasper High School in 2005 but continued to coach the Jasper girls' team through this spring. Midway through the season, he was diagnosed with pre-leukemia and faced a bone marrow transplant. Susceptible to internal bleeding, he developed bleeding around the brain in recent weeks and passed away at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19.
His son, Scott, who played for his father and was the 1988 state runner-up in singles, succeeds his father as Jasper tennis coach. Ed is also survived by his wife, Judy, and a daughter, Keri.
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