Ernie Yarborough is the first Dr. Phillips High School Men's Soccer player to be inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame (2011). As a Panther, he is considered the most successful DP Men's Soccer graduate of all time, having set the program standard of excellence on and off the field. As a three-year varsity letterman, Yarborough recorded 16 shutouts in goal and recorded 429 saves in 61 starts and set the school record for saves in a game (23) and career. In 1989, he was selected to Southeast Team USA which toured throughout Europe and was named team captain and Most Valuable Player. Back home, he was a two-time All-Orange County, All-Metro Conference and All-District honoree and was named to the Florida Soccer Coaches Association All-State team.
After graduating in 1991 with a 3.9 grade point average, Yarborough attended Indiana University, where he earned four varsity letters, won four Big 10 Championships and helped his team to NCAA Final Four appearances in 1991 and 1994. In the classroom he was equally impressive, earning Indiana Athletic Honor Society and Dean's List honors five times.
In 1997, Yarborough earned a professional contract with the Indiana Blast but soon found his calling as a coach. He returned to IU in 1997 as a graduate assistant and earned National Championship rings in both 1998 and 1999. He was widely recognized as the top goalkeeper coach in the nation as his keepers led the nation in Goals Against Average in both championship years. Indiana University was named the 1990's Soccer Team of the Decade and Ernie Yarborough was a coach or player eight of those ten years.
In 2003 and 2004, Yarborough coached at the University of Michigan during their trip to the Elite 8 in 2003 and the NCAA Tournament in 2004. He has coached more than a dozen All-Americans, over 20 All-Conference players and well over 100 Academic All-Conference team members through his career at Indiana, Michigan, Alabama-Birmingham and Wisconsin. After coaching at Indiana University and earning the 2010 Big 10 Championship, Ernie Yarborough was named head coach at Stetson University in 2014.
He mentors youth players across the country as one of the nation's most respected trainers and coaches in the sport of Soccer. His induction into the DP Athletic Hall of Fame was "one of (his) proudest accomplishments" and he will forever be known as the best to ever come through Dr. Phillips.