‘It was a great ride.’ Penn High School football coach Cory Yeoman heads into the sunset

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MISHAWAKA — His gait gave it away.

For 21 years, anytime you saw head football coach Cory Yeoman in the Penn High School hallways, and you would see him everywhere, he was always on the move. Often moving faster than you. As the coach of a program known around the state for its sustained success, Yeoman always seemed long on tasks and short on time.

Especially during football season. From August to November, sometimes deep into November, Yeoman rarely stopped moving.

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Mondays meant team meetings in the Large Group Instructional room shortly after the final bell. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursdays saw him hustling out Door E in the back of the building and out to the practice field, or over to Freed Field, where on Friday nights, he stalked the west sideline of a program saturated by the success of 18 conference championships, 13 sectional championships, nine regional titles, four semistate titles earned and one state championship appearance during his watch.

Even when the school year ended, Yeoman remained on the move. He was often the one responsible for making sure commencement ran smoothly (and it often did) over at Notre Dame. He took that role as seriously he did a third-and-3 call from the 5. Always the head coach.

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Walk and talk with Yeoman, watch him, study him and you could almost see the football wheels spinning in his head coaching head. Always working to ensure that every football base was covered before those Friday Night Lights again came on, and the Kingsmen would win another game, then another and another.

Sit with him in that glorified broom closet that served as his office just off the school’s second-floor fitness center and…

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Author : South Bend Tribune

Publish date : 2024-02-08 23:54:09

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