Tim Yarn — a North Marion High School staple since his playing days in the late 1990s — has taken over the boys basketball program in Sparr.
The 34-year-old Yarn was the head coach of the girls the last three seasons. A four-win team before he arrived transformed into a district champion and regional finalist this year.
He is hoping for similar results with the boys.
“I definitely would like the competitive juices that I have flowing through my veins to carry over to the guys,” said Yarn, a former two-sport star who graduated from NMHS in 1999. “Taking over, we definitely want to raise that with the guys.
“They are pretty excited. Everybody is working hard trying to install a new system. And we’re getting the guys fundamentally sound when it comes to basketball. That’s the main thing — working on fundamentals and trying to grow to get better.”
The restoration project won’t come over night, Yarn said, for a boys team that won just six games this season and has just two varsity players — Ralph Rivers and Jared Lopez — taking part in workouts right now.
“Between the two varsity guys and the young guys we have, they’re working extremely hard,” said Yarn, who takes over for David Waters. “They’re buying into what we’re asking them to do to help the program improve. Football has really set the standard here at North Marion, so we want to keep that up and help build competitive programs all around the board. …
“It’s a great opportunity to take over my alma mater. We’ll look to be competitive in the county and in the district. By building a solid foundation through substance and hard work, hopefully we’ll be on our way.”