After overseeing the program for two years as head coach, Darrell Yount is stepping away from Madras track and field.
Yount informed Madras Athletic Director Evan Brown of his decision June 16. A job posting for the head coach position appeared later that day on the Jefferson County School District 509-J website.
Yount, who teaches physical education at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy and coaches the cross country and basketball teams, will add the Eagles' track and field program to his list of coaching duties.
Madras track and field, meanwhile, is left with a coaching vacancy for the second time in three years. Yount's tenure was relatively short, but his departure from the program comes during a time of positive growth.
In the three years prior to Yount's arrival in 2015, the team averaged 42 kids per year. The last two seasons, 53 and 58 kids participated, respectively. With the help of assistant coaches Eric Carman, Suzey Adams and Eddie Adams, he introduced a new training regimen through dynamic flexibility drills, while also turning many specialists into athletes who competed in as many as eight or nine events during a given season.
"When I arrived two years ago, many athletes had in the past limited themselves to only one or two specialties. We were successful in changing that mentality," Yount said. "Utilizing dynamic flexibility drills — which replace the obsolete static stretching regimens, embracing Plyometric and Plyo Quicknick strategies and utilizing event specialist coaching assignments, we were successful in preparing our kids to compete proficiently in every event … It is rare to find a (high school) program that can proficiently coach every specialty. Working as a team with great assistant coaches, we were able to do just that."
Although he will no longer be coaching high school kids, Yount will have an indirect impact on the program by coaching the Eagles' tracksters. Because Warm Springs Academy feeds into Madras High, the hope from both sides is that Yount can coach middle school students and help them transition smoothly into high school competition.
"Keeping his knowledge with track and field in our community is huge," Brown said.
The Warm Springs Academy track and field team has had three coaches come and go in three years. Yount, 60, said he plans to remain a teacher and coach in Warm Springs for the foreseeable future, and hopes to bring some continuity to the program.
Yount said he will miss the relationships he developed with kids and fellow coaches at Madras, but is excited to work with students at Warm Springs whom he already teaches during the school day. Also, he noted that his track and field coaching career began at an Idaho junior high school in 1980, and feels like now is the right time to return to his roots.
"It's been great coaching the very kids I work with all day long in (cross country) and basketball," Yount said. "It will just simply be an added bonus in remaining here in Warm Springs during track season and continue to engage with such a special group of kids."
With the Madras track and field coaching position now posted, the search is underway for Yount's replacement. As is customary with most head coaching hires, Madras will allow the coach to decide who his or her assistant coaches are, Brown said. Until Madras hires a new track and field head coach, it is unclear if Carman, Suzey Adams and Eddie Adams will continue in their current roles.
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