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MEMPHIS – Head Baseball Coach Pat Yarbrough was recently named District 2-2A Coach of the Year, following a successful 2021 season in which the Cyclones advanced to the area round of playoffs.
However, Yarbrough’s honorary title didn’t come as a surprise to the many who he coaches and works alongside. Especially Assistant Coach Jose Duran, who had the opportunity to work with Yarbrough as both an athlete and coach.
“Coach Yarbrough is one of those coaches who you would run through a wall for,” Duran said. “As someone who had him as a coach and as a peer, I can see that he cares for each of his players. He truly wants to better them not only as athletes but also as men.”
Commending Yarbrough for his dedication on and off the field, Duran accredits Yarbrough for the baseball program’s recent success.
“Coach Yarbrough spends countless hours on and off the field to prepare each week,” Duran said. “He has helped turn this program around and helped each player grow into the athletes they are today.”
In fact, six of Yarbrough’s Cyclones were recently selected to the 2-2A All-District Baseball Team, including first team Jax Ferrel, pitcher; Leo Flores, infield; Genaro Luna, outfield; and Edgar Villa, utility; and second team Sawyer Dunlap, first base, and Cutter O’Neal, infield.
“I find his knowledge of the game and willingness to change very admirable,” Duran said. “As someone who never played the sport but grew up surrounded by it, I’ve learned a great deal about the ins and outs of baseball from Coach Yarbrough. He also pays very close attention to detail, so he is able to spot if something is off and is able to adapt things if needed.”
Saying he’s learned to be a better coach from Yarbrough, Duran says he couldn’t think of anyone better to be named Coach of the Year.
“He’s a very old-school-style coach,” Duran said. “If you work hard for him and give it your all, he will be there for you. He connects very well with the kids and wants to pass down his wealth of knowledge of the game to each one of them. It’s all about getting better every day and enjoying the game.”