JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Northview girls basketball head coach Chris Yarbrough announced April 18 he is leaving the program to take the girls head coaching job at Sequoyah. Yarbrough took over the program five years ago and led the Titans to an incredible rise during his tenure.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity [at Sequoyah], but I am sad to leave,” Yarbrough said. “Sometimes you have to try new things. The girls really bought-in from day one, and this has been a special place. This is my first head coaching job, and we had our ups and downs and I learned a lot on the job.”
The Titans went 8-19 in Yarbrough’s inaugural 2014-15 season but quickly rose to one of the top program’s in Class 6A.
Northview earned its first playoff berth in 2015-16 and reached the Region 6-AAAAAA championship game by downing region tournament hosts Lambert in double overtime in the tournament semifinals.
Yarbrough felt that game was pivotal to the Titans’ later success.
“That was such a crazy game and it really was a turning point for our program,” he said.
Following their first playoff appearance, the Titans made history by capturing the first of their three straight Region 7-AAAAAA championships and reached the final four of the state tournament. Northview went 28-4 that season.
“I knew we were going to be good, but I didn’t think we’re going to make that jump so quickly,” Yarbrough laughed.
The Titans continued their success under Yarbrough in the 2017-18 season with another region title and trip to the final four. Yarbrough closed out his tenure with a 25-5 overall record and state quarterfinals appearance this past season.
“If you told me five years ago we would win three straight region championships, make two trips to the final four and an elite eight run, I would have said you are crazy,” Yarbrough said.
The head coach was quick to pin that success on his players and assistant coaches.
“I really think it takes a special group of players to get to the levels we got to,” he said. “They were always willing to try new things We revamped a lot of things year to year and we really challenged ourselves. These girls have really put in all the work and they should get all the credit. We do our part as coaches, but they have done everything we have asked. I couldn’t be happier with the success we’ve had.”
Under Yarbrough, multiple Northview players signed scholarship offers to compete at the collegiate level, including Shannon Titus, Asjah Innis, Makayla Davis, Ashlee Austin and Maya Richards.
Yarbrough also thanked principal Brian Downing and Scotty McDaniel for giving him the opportunity to coach, and in turn, for his new position with Sequoyah.
Yarbrough said he could not pass up on the opportunity when Chiefs’ head coach Derrick DeWitt announced he was leaving the program for Marietta.
“I think Sequoyah is in a really good place and they have a lot of great talent there,” Yarbrough said. “The community at large is so gung-ho for athletics, and the school atmosphere is fantastic. I’m really excited for the opportunity.”
Yarbrough is Northview’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 101-48, with 33 of his losses coming in his first two seasons.