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Carl Youngworth



Born Nov. 5, 1989 in Tyndall. 1915 Tyndall HS grad. 1919 Yankton College grad. As an athlete at Yankton College, he was all-conference as a quarterback in football and guard in basketball and competed in track as well. His first coaching job was in 1921 at Winner, where one of his first stars was Frank Leahy, who went on to become a Notre Dame coaching legend. After one year each as a high school coach at Winner and Fort Benson, Mont., Youngworth returned to Yankton College as director of athletics and coach of all sports in 1923. He coached football through the 1937 season, remained as basketball coach until he entered the service in 1940. He returned to coach Greyhound track teams from 1947-67. He was athletic director from 1923-40 and 1947-58. Youngworth's teams included six championship basketball squads, and three in football. His greatest coaching fame came in track, where he developed 18 championship teams and athletes (Joe Mendel and Tommie Lee White among them) who won national recognition. In 1958, Youngworth was inducted into the Helms Foundation Track Hall of Fame; he was the first South Dakotan to receive the honor. He's also a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.


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