Coach Youngblood of Northwest stepping down after 9+ years

Coach Youngblood and one of his athletes, Clarence Foote-Talley, after breaking the state record in the triple jump in 2019.
Photo: MoCoRunning / Kevin Milsted


"Today is my last day as track coach here, and I would like to thank you all for the great times that we shared. I will treasure all the sweet memories that I have of working here with you and especially the students..."  wrote Coach Robert Youngblood in his recent letter to Northwest detailing that he was stepping down as head of the track team at Northwest.

Coach Youngblood is arguably the most successful coach in Maryland's track and field history. With multiple national-caliber talents developed under his wing such as Clarence Foote-TalleyDiego Zarate, and Anthony Woods, it is no surprise that coach Youngblood stands out as the only coach in 4A to ever accumulate 5 straight state titles on the boy's side.

In his 9+ year tenure as head coach of both Northwest and Damascus, Youngblood has accumulated an absurd 10 state titles across his boys and girls squad and many more runner-up finishes as well. Coach Youngblood has also received several other coaching accolades himself including the title of Mocorunning's Coach of the Decade, being praised as "one of the most dedicated coaches to his athletes (on the field and off the field) I have ever met" by coaches from around the county.

Coach Youngblood and the other Northwest Coaches posing with a few of their many state titles
Photo: The MoCo Show 

We also had a chance to catch up with coach Youngblood himself and ask him a few questions about his time coaching these past years. Click through to read some of his thoughts: