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Warrior Memories: Greg Yeager: From player to coach

Greg Yeager is a 1987 graduate of Del Norte High School. While a Warrior Greg played football, basketball, and tennis. Just thinking about Greg and his football brings out one very special memory. He played defensive end for the 1986 Warriors. We were playing a very good Fortuna football team at their house.

It was the last game of the regular season and a Fortuna win would guarantee them a first round playoff game at home. The Huskies built a three touchdown lead, but the Warriors, led by quarterback Blaine Lopez and a determined defense, came back in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Fortuna had one last chance but the defense held for three downs. Fortuna was forced to try to make a first down.

They tried to make it with a special reverse play, as their best running back came back to their left. Guess what they found?

There was Greg, waiting, and he made a great open field tackle. Game over, with the Warriors the winners. I was not surprised because Greg was  football-wise, a tough defensive end.

After graduation, Greg first went to College of the Redwoods then to Humboldt State, where he graduated in 1993. While at Humboldt he got into the Humboldt Del Norte League basketball officials association. We used to see him on our gym floor calling fouls on the Warriors.

When Greg graduated from HSU he returned to Crescent City and for a while worked in the business department at Sutter Coast Hospital. After a short time there he decided to go where there was lots of sunshine so he moved to Phoenix Ariz. In Phoenix he first worked in a hospital, but then got into the finance business. After about 10 years in Phoenix the old Del Norte pull got the best of him and he returned to Crescent City.

The urge to coach got to him and he went to work as an assistant coach for Blaine Lopez with the Warrior varsity basketball team. When Blaine resigned the coaching bug was still there, so he now works as an assistant with the varsity Warrior girls team under coach Buzz McCullough.

Greg is one of those special young men that can really communicate with young people. This skill with his excellent basketball knowledge makes him a real valuable coach. Presently, Greg works for Troy Duncan as business manager of Red Sky Roofing.

Greg also has very strong ties to the Warrior family as he is the grandson of Archie Gargaetas, one of the all-time great Warrior supporters. We can look with pleasure for many years of dedication to our youth from Greg. He is a real class act.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious  career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.

 


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