The Wisconsin mens soccer program has completed its coaching staff with the hiring of Ernie Yarborough as an assistant, UW head coach Todd Yeagley announced Tuesday.
Yarborough returns to the Big Ten Conference following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Alabama-Birmingham and brings more than 10 years of college coaching experience to the Badgers program. In addition to other coaching duties, Yarborough will direct the goalkeeper training for the Badgers.
A 1995 graduate of Indiana, Yarborough played with Yeagley for four seasons and was part of two regular-season Big Ten titles and three conference tournament crowns for the Hoosiers. He helped IU to a pair of College Cup appearances, as well.
Ernie brings a wealth of experience and passion for the game to our program, Yeagley said. He is a wonderful person and one of the hardest-working coaches in our business, and I am very excited to bring Ernie and his family to Madison.
Following his collegiate career, Yarborough spent a season playing professionally with the Indiana Blast and served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Hoosiers from 1997 to 1999. As a coach, he helped guide Indiana to three-consecutive College Cup appearances, including back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999.
Yarborough then spent seven seasons as the top assistant at Michigan, a run that included a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in 2003. During his time in Ann Arbor, he also mentored the Wolverines Peter Dzubay, who was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2003 and was drafted by the New Jersey MetroStars of the MLS.
Yarborough left Michigan following the 2006 season to become an assistant coach at UAB, where he spent the past two seasons.
Yarborough joins Keith Tiemeyer, who was hired in January, as an assistant on Yeagleys staff.