William "Bill" Riley Yoast

16 novembre 192423 mai 2019
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William Yoast was born in 1924 and raised in Florence, Alabama. After attending Coffee High School, he spent three years in the United States Air Force and went on to attend Georgia Military College and then graduated from Mercer University in Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. He received his masters and EDS degrees from Peabody College in Tennessee.

Having excelled in sports early in life, Bill followed his love for athletics and dedicated his life to teaching school and coaching football, basketball, baseball, and track. Many of his teams had championship seasons and Bill was named Coach of the Year in both Georgia and Virginia.

Coach Yoast moved his family to Springfield, Virginia in 1960 from Roswell, Georgia where he taught and coached at Roswell High School. He was a teacher and coach at Hammond High School from 1960-1970, winning the Virginia AAA Regional Championship with his 1969 Hammond Admirals. He then moved to TC Williams to serve as Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Coach to Herman Boone. Bill brought assistant coach Glen Furman with him from Hammond and later served under Coach Furman. Their football team won AAA State Football Championships in 1984 and 1987. Bill also coached track and field, taught P.E. and Driver's Education at TC Williams until he retired from teaching in 1990. However, he continued coaching football until 1996 when his daughter, Sheryl Yoast Matthews died. It was then that Bill truly retired.

He lived in a quiet, golf course community in Bethany Beach, Delaware where he spent much of his time pond fishing, feeding and watching the birds and visiting with many people on his screened in porch. He was a friend to all and welcomed everyone. He continued to stay active and lift weights well into his 80s. He golfed and taught all of his grandchildren the art of patience and being still through fishing on the pond.

In 2000 when Disney made "Remember the Titans", the story of the relationship between Bill and Herman Boone as they coached their radically integrated 1971 TC football team to the Virginia State Championship, Coach Yoast rode the wave. Traveling and speaking throughout the country, meeting a variety of new people, hosting BBQs, co-writing a biography, doing all kinds of community fundraisers and genuinely being present to all who sought him out.

In 2014, Coach Yoast moved back to Northern Virginia to live with his daughter, Angie Yoast Garrison and his son-in-law, Rick Garrison, who cared for him as he slowed down. In the fall of 2018, Bill moved into Aarondale Assisted Living, a community minutes from his family in Springfield, Virginia. While there, Coach was visited by many former players, coaches and family. He died peacefully at the age of 94.

Bill was the father of five girls, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by Betty Yoast, mother of three of his five daughters and loyal friend; daughters Susan Gail Greeson, Angie Yoast Garrison, and Dee Dee Yoast Fox. He is preceded in death by daughters Sheryl Yoast Matthews and Bonnie Yoast Jeffries.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 5-8 pm at the Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2 pm at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 5312 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bill’s name to the Gerry Bertier Foundation or the 71 Titans Foundation, http://71originaltitans.com/.


  • Visitation

    vendredi, 31 mai , 2019

  • Memorial Service

    samedi, 1 juin , 2019


William "Bill" Riley Yoast


Gary Frazier

13 mars , 2021

I, first, saw RtT, at my sister's house and I was on the edge of my seat, when the climatic TD was scored. A short time later, I learned that this, particular, game had been a blowout, where the Titans had handily whipped their opponent and it wasn't Marshall, they'd played.
(note: The producers of the movie made Marshall their opponent because, of all the teams they played, that year, Marshall had scored more points than any other.)

I noticed that the facemasks, in the movie, were futuristic to 1971, I went online to see what else had been changed, from the real history. The main thing, I found, was that Coach Yoast had attended Georgia Military College, here, in Milledgeville, GA, where I grew up, so I contacted him, using the email address, found in his website, at the time.
We began what would turn out to be a six-year correspondence, which ended, when he no longer seemed to be able to remember me.

Not only that, at the GMC Alumni Weekend, 2004, I learned that he would be there and drove over. When I saw him, standing outside the capitol building (i.e. - Milledgeville was the the Georgia State Capitol, prior to 1879, when the capitol was moved to Atlanta and the old capitol building is now the main building at GMC).
I walked up to him and said, "I'm glad to see you, Coach," and realized, by his expression, that he didn't know me from Adam. I explained that I was the Deaf guy, he'd been corresponding with and he lit up!
His roommate, from Mercer, took a picture of the two of us, standing together and, later, sent me a copy, which I show off to people, all the time.

My relationship, with the Coach, ended, when he seemed to no longer be able to remember who I was. However, my correspondence, with him, will standout in my memory, forever.

To his family: Yoast was a giant of man and I know he is missed by you. I hope the memories, you have, will sustain you, until you see him, in heaven.

(Later, I hope to add the photo, I mentioned.)

David Marquez

23 janvier , 2020

My condolences go out to the Yoast family, the TC Williams family who were all touched by Coach Yoast. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him personally, I had the opportunity to speak with him over the phone while I was a college student in the early 2000’s writing a speech report on the contrasts between the movie (one of my favorite movies of all time) and the real facts which Coach Yoast explained thoroughly in an hour long conversation where he spoke about 95% of the time. What a great human being he was. Such a class act, humble, and an excellent sense of humor. I was heartbroken when I learned about his passing but must say, he has left a positive impression on this earth. God rest his soul as his memory forever lives.

Harry Simpson

19 décembre , 2019

Rest William, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Cliff Scott

15 octobre , 2019

As a GMC graduate in '77, it was always good seeing you during alumni weekends, staying in the same hotel, and sometimes sharing breakfast together. We had some great people come out of our school, but none kinder and more humble than you, Bill. RIP and see you soon!

Monica Bode-mcdonald

29 juillet , 2019

He taught me how to drive during drivers ed. His famous words driving is like a motion picture something always going on. My dad Gene Bode was a good friend of his. Alexandria sportsman club etc. My regards to the family.

Angela Russell

3 juin , 2019

I have such great memories of Coach Yoast from track and drivers education class. I’ll always remember to put the car in park before a passenger gets out the car! Safety first, right Coach? Lol!

I’ll forever remember your smile, support and encouragement! Thank you for all you’ve done for the students and athletes that crossed your path. My life is better having known you!

Rest well coach!
Class of 1981

Brenda Agurs

2 juin , 2019

Bill Yoast thank you for all of your training during Track & Field. Class of 82 💕💕💕💕

Larry Edmonds

1 juin , 2019

Betty and family,
When I heard that Bill had claimed the promise of the Resurrection my memory took me back to the Sundays that Bill would attend worship at St. John's. He was always taking notes during my sermons which impressed me very greatly.
Bill never let the "fame" that his coaching career and the movie made about him, Coach Boone and the team go to his head.
I know he is now with his beloved daughters and basking in his new life in eternity.
Cathy and I share with you in your loss at this time and remember all of you fondly.
We will always remember the "titan" who helped make the "Titans" into a power house.
Larry Edmonds (former pastor, St. Johns United Methodist Church)

Bob & Caryn Luckett

31 mai , 2019

Coach Yoast was one of a kind
He touched so many kids in Alexandria and beyond with his kind approach. He taught so many how to be humble and kind, yet never forget to reach for the stars. I was honored to be one of his kids and it was a bigger honor to call him my friend. Rest Easy Coach, we will meet again one day.

Bob Parsons

31 mai , 2019

What a privilege - and pleasure - for me to have been Bill's friend. And indeed it was an honor that he called me a friend. I will always, always remember this Titan.


Coach with grandson, Grayson Matthews


Coach with granddaughter, Campbell Matthews


Coach with granddaughter, Sheryl Fox


Coach with grandkids, Jordan and Sheryl Fox


Betty Yoast with her first born daughter, Angie


Bill with daughters Angie, Sheryl and Dee Dee


Bill with all the Yoast women-Betty, Angie, Sheryl and Dee Dee


Bill with sons-in-law, Rick Garrison and Jay Fox


Coach and daughter, Angie Garrison