The T.C. Williams High School community remembers a beloved coach who passed away earlier this week.
Bill Yoast started as a defensive football coach at T.C. Williams in 1971 with the school’s first African American head coach, Herman Boone.
The two rose to fame locally as they coached a diverse group of players to an undefeated season and a state championship, bringing together a divided city. President Richard Nixon told the Washington Post, “The Titans of Alexandria saved the City of Alexandria.”
The pair rose to fame around the world in the 2000 film, “Remember the Titans.”
Track coach Robert Trout arrived at T.C. Williams in 1981. Trout and Yoast coached the T.C. track team to the ’84, ’85 and ’87 championships.
“He was just a perfect role model,” said Trout. “That whole generation, Coach Boone, Coach Yoast… they were just superb men.”
Yoast was 94 and living at a retirement community at the time of his death.