Sunday, December 3, 2017

Coach Yates

Today the Firebirds family lost a legend, an icon really, when Coach Randy Yates lost his valiant battle with cancer. Coach Yates had an illustrious career with the Firebirds, South County High School and the SYA Xplosion. His players have gone on to play everywhere from college to the pros. He was so proud of his players and always tried to deflect any credit for their development.

Coach Yates continued to give back to the Firebirds in recent years , serving as an advisor to the club and helping our players get better. He was a friend a mentor to many in the organization. Coach Yates was most proud of his own girls, Cara and Emma. Cara, a VT student, was a member of the SC State Championship team in 2014. Emma, a junior at South County High School, has just committed to play college ball at Virginia Tech. Every conversation Coach had involved a proud parent brag about BOTH of his daughters.

 The entire NVGSA community, from the Firebirds through the Dimensions to our house program, is better today because of Coach Yates. We lift up the Randy's wife Cathy, Cara and Emma as well as the entire Yates family in our thoughts and prayers tonight.

Servcies will be Friday, December 22nd at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home:  9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, 22032.  There will a viewing, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and then burial immediately following.