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“First Family” no more

For want of a better eponym, I’ve dubbed Tom and Julie Yearout Lewis and Clark’s “First Family” of coaching. What better term to describe the only husband and wife, at least in my memory, from Spokane, and certainly the Greater Spokane League, to win State 4A titles in separate sports? And now, with the announcement of Julie’s resignation, calling it a matter of principle, both have left at the top of their games.

Her Tigers won the State 4A volleyball championship last fall after successive second place finishes to Mead the previous two seasons. Tom, who never had a losing season as LC’s football coach, had that miracle state run to the title in 2007. He’s not entirely gone. Tom will be new coach Dave Hughes’ defensive line coach.

Coaches have come and gone in my 40 years of following high school sports. This has been a tough year. It’s particularly sad to see the Yearouts sidelined. Hopefully, they’ll be back soon.


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