Aaron Darling, left, and Chris Yarbrough
The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the hiring of two teachers who also will serve as head basketball coaches.
Aaron Darling, who currently teaches and leads the boys’ basketball program at Cambridge High School in Fulton County, will serve in the same role at River Ridge High School.
Chris Yarbrough, who currently teaches and leads the girls’ basketball program at Northview High School in Fulton County, will serve in the same role at Sequoyah High School.
Coach Darling helped transition Cambridge from a three-win season to a 25-win season, a Region Championship and a Sweet 16 team and a reputation as one of the top programs in the state.
His hiring at River Ridge brings him back to Cherokee County, as he assisted the Sequoyah HS boys’ basketball team before joining Cambridge and played for Reinhardt University, where he was a four-year letterman, AAC All Conference and Academic All-American.
“He has an outstanding reputation in the classroom as a special education teacher,” River Ridge HS Principal Dr. Kerry Martin said. “We are excited to have him on staff and feel confident that he will do an outstanding job at River Ridge High School.”
Coach Yarbrough has coached the Northview Lady Titans for the past seven years, five as a head coach. He resurrected the program, guiding the transition from 5A to 6A and then on to three consecutive Region 7AAAAAA Championships (2017, 2018, 2019), and four State Playoffs, including State Semifinals in 2017 and 2018 and the State Quarterfinals this past year -- the most successful run in school history.
“Chris brings a history of success in girls’ basketball to Sequoyah, and we look forward to the great things he can do for our program,” Principal Bob Van Alstyne said.
Coach Yarbrough is a former sports journalist, who earned his undergraduate degree in journalism and then went back to earn a master’s and a specialist degree in education.
Each school plans to hold an event for the community to meet its new coach.