Eric Yarber spent two seasons (2005, 2006) as the Huskies' wide receivers coach. He joined the UW staff after having spent two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
Yarber coached the 49ers' wide receivers in 2003 and 2004, guiding Pro Bowler Terrell Owens to a 1,000-yard season in his first year. Yarber also played an integral part in the development of rookie wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who led the team with a 15.1-yard average per catch in 2004.
Yarber was a member of the Oregon State staff from 1999-2002. He coached the receivers for three seasons after switching from running backs coach following the 1999 season. During Yarber's tenure, the Beavers sent two receivers to the NFL in 2000, as Chad Johnson was a second-round selection of Cincinnati and T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the seventh-round pick of the Bengals.
Yarber's coaching career began at his alma mater, Idaho, as secondary coach in 1996. He spent one season at Idaho before joining the staff at UNLV as receivers coach. Erickson brought Yarber to the NFL ranks as offensive quality control coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 1998.
A 12th-round draft pick out of Idaho by Washington in the 1986 NFL Draft, Yarber spent three seasons with the Redskins as a wide receiver and kick returner. He was a member of Washington's Super Bowl XXII championship team in 1988, leading the team that season with 37 punt returns.
Yarber played for Erickson at Idaho (1984-85) and was a Kodak All-American and the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player as a senior after catching 75 passes for 1,103 yards. As a junior, he finished 10th in the nation in punt returns and third in the conference with 817 yards receiving on 54 catches.
He graduated from Idaho with a bachelor's degree in general studies with an emphasis in criminal justice in 1985.
The 41-year-old native of Chicago has one son, Robert. He and his wife, Michele, were married in June, 2005.