Ernie Yarbrough

Assistant Executive Director
706-647-7473, ext. 27


Ernie has worked for the GHSA since 2002 and his main responsibility is overseeing the officiating department for all sports and logistics of state championship events. He also is the sport coordinator for basketball, track, golf, softball and flag football.  He assists in the administration of many championship events. He often represents the GHSA at state, regional and national sports-related conferences.

Ernie and his wife, Cindy, have two wonderful children (Shawn and Chelsy) and are the proud grandparents of Hampton.

Ernie was born in Alameda, California and raised in Owasso, Oklahoma. He and Cindy reside in mid-town Atlanta at Atlantic Station.

A Viet Nam era veteran of the US Navy, Ernie was a College Division football All American at the University of San Diego in 1973. He attempted a professional football career with three different teams (Colts, Saints, Chargers). 

Ernie worked for 13 years in player development in the NFL (Buccaneers, Cardinals and Jets).  He coached and taught for six years at the high school level and 10 years at the college level (Whittier College, Cal State Pomona, Emory University).

Actively involved in fast pitch softball for 50 years as a player, coach, and administrator, Ernie currently serves on the Georgia ASA State Board as State and Regional J.O. Commissioner and Coaches Liaison and was inducted into the Georgia Softball Hall of Fame in 2016. He also coached the Gold Medal USA Junior National team at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Columbia, South America.

Ernie officiated high school and college basketball for 30 years, and officiated international practice games for the 1996 Olympics. He was the Director of Officiating for the first women's professional basketball league (ABL) 1996-99.

Ernie’s hobbies include conducting youth sports camps, classic rock concerts and traveling when possible.