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Sports in brief: Yearout resigns as LC coach

Thu., July 30, 2009

After six years and four successive state trophies, including three straight state finals appearances culminating in last year’s championship, Lewis and Clark volleyball coach Julie Yearout has announced her resignation.

Yearout said she did so reluctantly, citing a conundrum in her dual role as a parent of Tigers athletes and coach at the school over what she sees as policy inconsistencies.

In her official resignation statement, Yearout e-mailed: “I believe strongly in the high standards and expectations established for coaches at LC. Not only in … the high standards we set for our student-athletes, but also in how we treat our student-athletes. What I can no longer accept is the fact that when certain programs continuously fail to even attempt to meet these standards and continue to treat student-athletes poorly year after year, there are no consequences.”

LC activities coordinator Jeff Norton said he was baffled by Yearout’s decision and disagreed with her contention.

“Let’s be very, very clear: She’s resigning and under no pressure from the administration to do so,” Norton said. “Obviously, I’m disappointed. We’d love to retain her as head volleyball coach. She was wildly successful, a mentor to athletes and understands what’s important. She’s been a great addition to LC.”

Norton said he hoped to name Yearout’s replacement as quickly as possible, with the start of the season approaching.

Her resignation follows that of her husband Tom, who won a state football title with the Tigers in 2007 and stepped down as head coach last winter after nine seasons.

Mike Vlahovich

Boise first, Vandals last

Football: Defending champion Boise State has been picked to repeat in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Broncos went 8-0 in the conference last fall and have won six of the last seven WAC titles. Boise State was No. 1 in both the coaches’ and media polls released Wednesday as the WAC media days opened in Salt Lake City.

Boise State received all but one No. 1 vote by the coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their team. Nevada was picked second and received the other No. 1 vote in the coaches’ poll. Fresno State and Louisiana Tech tied for No. 3 in the coaches’ poll.

Hawaii was picked fifth, followed by San Jose State, Utah State, New Mexico State and Idaho. The media poll was nearly the same. Louisiana Tech was slightly behind Fresno State for fourth and the media voters picked New Mexico to finish last, one spot behind eighth-place Idaho.

Associated Press


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