Over the weekend, the news was confirmed that famous football coach Bill Yoast has passed away. The beloved high school coach was the inspiration behind the classic film “Remember the Titans.”
According to Yahoo!, Yoast passed away on Friday at an assisted living home in Virginia. He was 94-years-old at the time of his death.
Yoast was the football coach at T.C. Williams High School for almost 25 years. In 1971, the Titans football team was undefeated. Additionally, they won the Virginia AAA State Championship.
The victorious run that the school experienced was the inspiration behind the hit classic “Remember the Titans.” Yoast was played by Will Patton, while Denzel Washington played the role of Herman Boone, the head coach.
As is an important part of the film, Yoast and Boone’s partnership was one of the keys to the team’s success. The decision to coach together came as three public schools were integrated into one. Before that, Yoast was coaching at Francis C. Hammond High School, an all-white school.
Boone said, “Bill was not going to allow racial differences to exist in this city. He and I found a way to talk to each other and trust each other.”
Beyond being known for his coaching career, Yoast also served for three years in the Army Air Corps. Following that, he began his teaching and coaching career.
The school district noted that Yoast was a “quiet, humble people-person.” They said that he was “instrumental in helping pull the city together.”
According to USA Today, Yoast’s daughter, Dee Dee Fox, was the one who confirmed her father’s death. She did not provide a cause.
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