Former Pearl River coach Hayes Yorks, 71, passed away early yesterday morning. He suffered a stroke while vacationing in Florida with wife Jane that sent him into a coma. His son and three daughters were called down to be at his bedside. He was then taken off life support.
It was his second stroke. Fourteen years ago he had a smaller one that left his partially paralyzed.
Yorks coached the Pirates varsity from 1980-89. In 1984-85 they won a Section 1 championship. He also spent various stints as modified, JV, and freshman wrestling coach, as well as an assistant on the football team. His son Grier helms the wrestling team now.
Yorks was described to me as a mountain of a man, huge and strong but gentle as well. He was said to dwarf his son (pictured in 2006), no Tiny Tim himself. Former AD Tom Doherty referred to him affectionately as Uncle Hayes.