Former WSU defensive lineman and assistant coach George Yarno died of stomach cancer Monday at the age of 58
George Yarno, a Spokane native who played football for coach Jim Walden at Washington State from 1975-78, died of stomach cancer Monday afternoon.
Yarno, 58, was a defensive lineman for the Cougars before he became an NFL player and coach. He went undrafted in 1979, but signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent and had two stints in Tampa Bay from 1979-83 and 1985-87. Yarno later returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach under Mike Price from 1991-94. He also coached for a year at Idaho.
Yarno became an NFL assistant coach in 2008 and his final stop was in Jacksonville, where he coached the Jaguars’ offensive line in 2014 and 2015. According to the Associated Press, the Jaguars announced his passing in a statement issued on Monday.
“The Jacksonville Jaguars organization is deeply saddened by the passing of former offensive line coach George Yarno and our condolences are with his wife, Cindy, his daughter, Adrianne and his sons, Josh and George,” the team said in a statement. ”Yarno had courageously battled stage IV cancer for nearly three years. ‘Coach Yarno’s loyal friendship and his infectious passion for coaching football were two of the many reasons he was so well-liked and well-respected. The entire Jaguars family was touched by his energy and he will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.”
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WSU alums and fans also took to Twitter to express their condolences.