Ernie Yarborough, who is in his second season as the goalkeepers coach at UAB, joined the Blazers' coaching staff in April of 2007. Yarborough brings over 10 years of goalkeeper coaching experience to the Blazers, while at the University of Michigan (2000-06) and at Indiana University (1997-99).
"Ernie is an exceptional coach and we are excited to have someone of his stature at UAB," Getman said. "He brings experience and will be a great asset for our goalkeepers, which will be his primary coaching responsibility. He has coached at some well-respected and highly-successful Division I programs, so we couldn't be happier to have him join our staff at UAB."
Yarborough came to UAB after spending seven seasons as the top assistant at Michigan. While in Ann Arbor, he handled the training of goalkeepers, as well as serving as the team's recruiting coordinator, among other duties. Yarborough was an integral part leading the Wolverines to the NCAA Elite Eight during the 2003 season, which was just the fourth year of the program's existence.
In 2005, Yarborough helped keeper Peter Dzubay become the first Wolverine goalkeeper to make the jump to the professional ranks when the New Jersey MetroStars selected him with the 17th pick of the MLS Supplemental Draft. Yarborough helped Dzubay tie the single-season record in 2002 for wins (8) and shutouts (5) in his senior season. In 2003 Yarborough mentored Dzubay to a school-record 12 wins, five shutouts and an All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection.
Yarborough came to Michigan after spending three years as a volunteer coach at Indiana University. While at Indiana, he helped coach the Hoosiers to back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999. He also helped the Hoosier goalkeepers lead their team to three consecutive College Cup appearances and a goals against average of under 1.00 per season.
The Orlando, Fla. native also played collegiate soccer at IU, compiling a career record of 10-1-1, while earning six shutouts and a 0.55 goals against average after walking on the team in the fall of 1991. Yarborough helped lead the Hoosiers to six Big Ten Championships and five College Cup appearances as a player and a coach. The 1995 Indiana graduate also played one season of professional soccer with the A League's Indiana Blast (1997).
Yarborough has received his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" license and resides in Southside with his wife, the former Miss Jill Fishback, daughter Samantha and son Woody.