Chester coach Yarbray arrested on domestic violence charges

Chester High School boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray was arrested Friday and charged with attacking his girlfriend and her son.
Chester High School boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray was arrested Friday and charged with attacking his girlfriend and her son. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)
Posted: April 06, 2014

CHESTER TWP. Chester High School boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray was arrested Friday on multiple felony charges for an alleged incident of domestic violence.

According to Chester Township police, Yarbray was involved in an altercation Thursday night at his girlfriend's home in Brookhaven Borough during which he grabbed the woman and her son by the throat.

Yarbray, who has led Chester to two PIAA state championships since becoming head coach in 2008, grew up in Chester and played basketball at the high school in the 1980s.

Police said Yarbray tried to choke his girlfriend during an argument Thursday night and assaulted her son when he tried to intervene. He then left the property and returned Friday morning, forcing his way in through a back door, according to a police report. When a Chester Township police officer arrived about 11:40 a.m., Yarbray said that he was there to collect his belongings and that the woman was overreacting, according to police.

Yarbray was arrested Friday morning and charged with aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass, endangering the welfare of a child, and related offenses. He was arraigned and released on $75,000 unsecured bail, police said.

Yarbray, a 1988 Chester graduate, played college basketball at Coppin State. He was a part of a long line of outstanding Chester guards that includes Jameer Nelson, Darrin Govens, and John Linehan.

He was the first member of his family to graduate from college, starting all four years for coach Fang Mitchell at Coppin, and finishing with a degree in management science.

He replaced Fred Pickett, who retired, as Chester coach in 2008, after serving as a Clippers assistant coach for 10 seasons.


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