June 6, 2012

Citadel Graduate Returns to Alma Mater as Assistant Football Coach

Charleston, S.C. – Scott Yielding, a member of the Class of 1993, is returning to The Citadel as a member of the football coaching staff and will work with the Bulldog tight ends.

Yielding spent the past four years at Oklahoma State as assistant director of football operations and assistant director of recruiting. Included in his responsibilities were film breakdown, quality control and situational tendencies of opponents. He also recruited, coordinated and selected walk-on players for the Cowboy roster.

In his position as assistant director of recruiting, Yielding coordinated prospect communication and official and unofficial visits, served as the liaison between the Oklahoma State football program and high school coaches and acquired, maintained and evaluated prospect film. With Yielding on the staff, the Cowboys were recognized as producing some of the nation's finest recruiting classes.

"We are very excited to welcome Scott Yielding and his wife, Valerie, to The Citadel football staff," said Bulldog head coach Kevin Higgins. "Scott comes highly recommended from Bill Young, the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State whom I worked with in Detroit. As a Citadel alumnus, Scott will be a valuable asset to our players and staff. His experience and knowledge will prove to be invaluable to our organization."

During his stay in Stillwater, Oklahoma State posted a record of 41-11, including a 23-3 slate the past two years. In 2011 the Cowboys finished 12-1, won the Big XII title and defeated Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl to earn the No. 3 spot in the final national polls. The previous season Oklahoma State finished No. 10 in the country, shared the Big XII South championship and was victorious over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.

"Returning to my alma mater to coach football is a dream come true," said Yielding. "I believe in the mission of The Citadel, and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the efforts of our coaching staff and cadet-student-athletes."

Prior to his stint at Oklahoma State, Yielding spent 10 years coaching on the high school level, beginning his career at North Charleston High School (1998-00) and then coaching at four different schools in Georgia.

Yielding earned his bachelor's degree in history from The Citadel in 1993 and received a master's degree in secondary education from The Military College of South Carolina in 1998. While a graduate student he worked in the office of admissions and served as NCAA and academic liaison to the football program.

His father, Jack, is a member of The Citadel Class of 1958 and was a fullback on the Bulldog football team.