Kendra Yearick has been named the new girls' junior varsity basketball coach at Ashe County High by head coach Laura Foster. Yearick replaces Mark Hudler, who has stepped down after five years.




"We all hate to see Mark go, and we are certainly going to miss him," Foster said. "He has been a great asset to the Lady Huskies basketball program and I appreciate everything he has done. I would like to thank Millers Insurance for allowing him to hold the position for the past five years."


Yearick graduated from Ashe County in 2009. Yearick attended Peace University, a Division III school in Raleigh, N.C. She was 2013 named Outstanding Graduate Class of 2013.


Yearick worked and coached at Fuquay-Varina High School during the 2013-14 school year. She was the head JV girls basketball and softball coach. And Yearick was an oustanding athlete for the Huskies during her playing days.


She played volleyball, basketball and softball all four years at ACHS. Yearick is probably best known for her standout softball career in high school and college.

She played and started on arguably one of the best girls basketball teams in Ashe County history.


That team went 26-2, and won both the regular-season and conference tournament championships in the Mountain-Valley 1A-2A Conference. That team lost to Salisbury, the eventual state champion, in the state playoffs.


"Kendra will be a great addition to the Lady Huskies coaching staff," Foster said. "She was part of the program as a player, so she is very familiar with our traditions, our expectations and our system. This is the ideal situation for any varsity coach."