Yow grew up in Gibsonville and played basketball, football and baseball at High Point College in the 1920s. In 22 seasons as High Point College men’s basketball coach, Yow had a career record of 308-191; he also coached baseball and football. In 1946, Yow began an eight-year stint coaching the Hanes Hosiery men’s and women’s team. He led the women to three straight AAU national championships, which included a 102-game winning streak. He returned to High Point to coach the Panthers for nine more years. Yow was named to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1958 and the Helms Athletic Association Hall of Fame.