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Larry Yarbray Sr., Coppin State basketball’s career leader in assists, dies in Delaware bike crash

Chester boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray Sr., center, gathers his team before the start of a home game Jan. 20, 2012. Yarbray Sr., a former Coppin State University player who holds the Eagles' career record for assists, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in a bicycle crash in Delaware, according to police and the head of a charter school that employed him. He was 51. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Larry Yarbray Sr., a former standout Coppin State point guard and the basketball coach at Delaware County Community College, died Saturday in a bicycle crash in Delaware, the Delaware County Daily Times reported.

Yarbray, 51, was riding his bike in Dover, Delaware, with a group of cyclists when he veered into the opposite lane of travel and was struck by a GMC pickup truck , according to Delaware State Police.


Troopers arrived around 8:20 a.m. and determined Yarbray was biking northbound on Apple Grove School Road. He was positioned near the middle of the roadway while traveling in a pack of bikers separated into two rows. Yarbray ran into a cyclist who slowed in front of him, leading him to lose control of his bicycle and swerve into his left southbound lane, according to Delaware State Police.

A 23-year-old driving a 2012 gray GMC Sierra was traveling in the southbound lane. Delaware State Police said the driver was unable to avoid the collision and hit the right side of Yarbray’s bicycle, sending him underneath the car. He came to a rest on a grass shoulder of the southbound lane, according to Delaware State Police. The pickup truck’s driver was not injured.


Yarbray was taken to Bayhealth Kent Campus with severe injuries and was pronounced dead.

Yarbray, of Chester, was also a middle school dean at Chester Community Charter School in Pennsylvania, according to David Clark Jr., the school’s CEO. Clark said he has known Yarbray for more than 20 years.

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“This is very painful because he was such a great guy,” Clark said. “He was very levelheaded. A great dean. Everybody loved him. He was able to get through to the children, to the parents, to the staff. He is going to be missed.”

Clark said Monday that staff and students were struggling with the news of Yarbray’s sudden death. “It’s a very tough day. We lost a good one. He was a good man,” Clark said.

Yarbray was riding Saturday with a group of former Chester basketball and football players who created a bicycling club called Chester Cycling, the Daily Times reported.

Before coaching at Delaware County Community College in Media, Pennsylvania, for five seasons, Yarbray coached boys varsity basketball at his alma mater, Chester High School, for nine years, according to The Associated Press. He guided the program to win five Del Val championships, four Pennsylvania District 1 championships and two Pennsylvania AAAA State championships, according to Yarbray’s biography for Delaware County Community College.

Clark said Yarbray was a successful basketball coach who always remained calm, even during the most intense games. “I would be in the stands jumping up and down. He always kept his cool, always. And he won some championships. [His coaching style] worked. It worked,” Clark said.


As a star point guard on Coppin State’s men’s basketball team from 1989 to 1992, Yarbray was credited as an integral player in the Eagles’ Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and the team’s first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 1990. He holds the university’s career record for assists, with 622.