Carrie Yerty, who won four state championships with Briarcrest volleyball and also coached at Memphis, died Tuesday. Let’s see more details about Carrie Yerty and his cause of death.
How did Carrie Yerty die?
The former UofM and Briarcrest high school volleyball coach were pronounced dead. She had been battling cancer for a long time since 2016. John Varlas reported on social media about the demise of Carrie Yerty.
Sad news to report. Former Briarcrest and U of M volleyball coach Carrie Yerty have died after a long battle with cancer. Thoughts and prayers for her family, her former players, and all her friends in the volleyball community. A really super lady who molded countless lives.
Sad news to report. Former Briarcrest and U of M volleyball coach Carrie Yerty has died after a long battle with cancer. Thoughts and prayers for her family, her former players and all her friends in the volleyball community. A really super lady who molded countless lives.
— John Varlas (@johnvarlas) January 25, 2023
Cause of Death
|State champ Briarcrest volleyball coach Carrie Yerty dies after a 7-year battle with colon cancer. As soon as the News came Friends and Families are pouring condolences on social Media.
Despite her diagnosis, Yerty continued to coach the Saints’ volleyball program, including this past season. Because of her health, she did have to step away toward the end of the season, and April Jauregui, the assistant coach, filled in as interim coach. Yerty then retired at the end of the season.
About Carrie Yerty-State Champion
Yerty joined Briarcrest in 2016, serving as an assistant coach for two seasons. When she took over the volleyball program in 2018, she saw instant success, leading the Saints to a 40-2 record and state championship. She then became the only Briarcrest coach to three-peat, winning state titles in 2019 and 2020 as well. She was also given the Dr. Clair E. Cox Award for Teacher Excellence in 2020 by the school.
Despite being diagnosed, Yerty went on to coach the Saints volleyball team during the most recent season. She did have to step down near the end of the season due to her health, and assistant coach April Jauregui filled in. After the season was over, Yerty decided to retire.
Carrie’s Overall Record
She had an overall record of 134-11. Under Yerty, Briarcrest became one of the most dominant programs in the state and country. The Saints returned to state supremacy this season, sweeping Baylor 3-0 to win the program’s 10th state title. Yerty coached college volleyball for 12 years at Memphis, amassing a 233-174 record. She resigned in 2008.
“Carrie’s legacy will remain in the hearts of our school community and in the athletic history of Briarcrest Christian School,” Swatley added.
Before coaching at Briarcrest, where she was also the elementary school athletic director, Yerty coached volleyball at the NCAA Division I level at Eastern Washington, Memphis, Arizona, and Wyoming.
Yerty won three consecutive volleyball state championships but, more importantly, showed her players the way. More than her three state championships, Carrie Yerty’s legacy at Briarcrest is the girls she mentored and molded.
John Varlos Commented on Carrie’s Retirement,
Big news out of Briarcrest today where three-time state volleyball champ Carrie Yerty has announced her retirement. I’ll definitely miss seeing her on the sidelines. A huge figure in local volleyball. BCS has named April Jauregui as the new coach so the programs are in great hands.
Rivals on the court. United off the court. Much respect to @KnoxCatholic & @wcsSHSAthletics Volleyball Teams for honoring our HC Carrie Yerty in her fight with Cancer. Keep fighting Coach! #waymakermiracleworker pic.twitter.com/XSsee6UOcH
— Briarcrest Athletics (@BCHS_Saints) September 4, 2022
The school said details of a celebration of life will be released at a later date and that in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Carrie Yerty Courage and Discipline Fund.
“Carrie has impacted the lives of countless young women. Her desire to share the Gospel was evident in her daily walk and courageous spirit,” said Caron Swatley, president of Briarcrest Christian School.
Condolence Posted on Social Media
She is one of the toughest people I’ve ever met, even on those really really hard days.
John Varlas Posted
I know she battled as hard as she could. No doubt about that. Tragic! Wonderful woman, a wonderful family. Deepest sympathies
The Commercial Appeal Posted
This makes me sad. What a woman. Never saw her without a smile. Rest In Peace, Carrie. Carrie Yerty, who won four state championships with Briarcrest volleyball and also coached at Memphis, died after battling colon cancer in 2016.
Mary Ellen Posted
Just heard Carrie Yerty, former longtime Memphis VB Coach, passed away tonight. She was a fighter on the court & she certainly fought cancer hard. She left a legacy of love in her family, her friends, & the volleyball community. Big prayers for Lee, her boys & all who loved her.
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