A former three-sport star at Ashe County High School is returning to her hometown to continue her dream of teaching while also taking over the junior varsity basketball program.
Kendra Yearick, who excelled in basketball, volleyball and softball at ACHS, will take over for Mark Hudler, who has decided to step down after five years of coaching the team.
“We all hate to see Mark go and we are certainly going to miss him,” said ACHS Head Coach Laura Foster. “He has been a great asset to the Lady Huskies basketball program and I appreciate everything he has done.”
Coach Foster also wanted to thank Miller Insurance for working around Coach Hudler’s schedule and allowing him to coach the squad.
Yearick was a 2009 graduate from ACHS and a 2013 graduate from Peace University. She was named the Most Outstanding Graduate in the Class of 2013.
After completing college, Yearick most recently taught at Fuquay-Varina High School and also coached JV girls basketball and softball.
While she is most known for her dominant pitching in the softball circle, Yearick helped get the Lady Husky basketball program off and running, which included a year of 26 wins and just two losses, a Mountain Valley Conference regular season and tournament championship as well as a playoff run that ended against eventual state champion Salisbury.
“I’ve played for many teams in my life and there’s nothing quite like Lady Husky Basketball,” said Yearick. “It’s not about just playing the game, it’s about family, hard work and dedication, which prepare you for life.”
Foster is certainly pleased to have a former player alongside on the bench.
“Kendra will be a great addition to the Lady Huskies coaching staff. She was part of the program as a player, so she is familiar with our traditions, our expectations and our system,” she said. “This is the ideal situation for any varsity coach.”
When the season officially gets underway in November, Yearick will be ready to play a key part in continuing to build the Lady Husky basketball program.
“I’m excited to join the team again and especially from the coaching side,” she said. “I want to help these wonderful young ladies play the game they love and be a positive role model for them like Coach Foster is for me.”
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87