Coach Yocam, cared not only about football, but about the students as well. He was the type of coach that it did not matter if you were in his class, he would help you just the same. I, personally, did not take physical education in high school. One of the perks of being in the International Bacclaureate program. I did however talk to Coach Yocam on a few different occasions.
I was a bookworm. I was always reading, so I would be an easy target for bullies. I was almost always alone in the hall or atrium. When some of our bullies would have gotten a little too rough, I would skip classes and end up in in-school suspensions.
On one such day, I had to be with my JROTC class after school. I bumped into Coach Yocam and was talking to him. He was a very easy person to talk to. I will never forget how much just having someone listen to what I had to say made me feel. I will always appreciate him for that.
He also did something that many coaches had tried to do and drastically failed. He was able to take the worst football team in the entire Volusia County, Florida area and turn them into one of the best. He was able to do this by being more concerned about the students than he was about the game. He would teach football to the boys, but he would also be there for them if they needed to talk.
He was and will always be one of the greatest coaches to ever grace Spruce Creek High School with their presence. He currently can be found coaching for Father Lopez High School on a part-time basis. He has managed to turn three losing teams into champions. He is a legend in his own right.
Coach Yocam, as a former student of Spruce Creek High School, I would love to say thank you for everything that you have done and are still doing for the young adults in Volusia County. These kids deserve to have someone like you on their side, and unfortunately there is only one Coach Yocam.