Samford University Athletics - Staff Directory
12th season as an assistant soccer coach at Samford University
has helped guide the Bulldogs to six regular-season conference championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of conference tournament titles.
As one of the top young goalkeeping coaches in the nation, Yelton
continually gets the best out of his
talent and perennially places the Bulldogsâ€™ defense in the upper echelon of the Southern Region.
Last season, Samford
finished Southern Conference play with a stellar 7-2 record and earned the regular-season conference championship.
The Bulldogs also traveled to Auburn, Ala., and knocked off the 18th-ranked Auburn Tigers, 2-1, in a match broadcasted live to the nation on the SEC Network.
In 2011, Yelton
played a huge role in Samfordâ€™s undefeated conference season as the Bulldogs registered eight shutout victories and outscored their opponents in league play, 17-5.
Under the tutelage of Yelton
, Whitehead became one of the most decorated soccer players in Samford history and competed professionally in Sweden.
Yelton worked as a volunteer assistant for a season, before joining the staff full-time in 2004.
was then promoted to the top assistant position in the spring of 2008.
Yeltonâ€™s primary responsibility is goalkeeper training.
also plays a large role in Samfordâ€™s summer youth and team camps, and assists with on-field coaching.
tutelage, the goalkeeping corps has become one of the top units in the country.
In 2009, under the watchful eye of Yelton
, Whitehead finished her sophomore campaign ranked first in the nation in both save percentage (.913) and goals-against average (0.31).
In 2008, Yelton
helped guide the 6-foot-3 freshman native to All-Freshman SoCon honors after she
concluded Samfordâ€™s inaugural season in the conference with a 1.07 goals-against average and a 5-3-2 record in goal.
Yelton, who hails from Piney Flats, Tenn., began his coaching career as the goalkeeping trainer for the junior varsity and varsity teams at Parkview High School in Atlanta, Ga.
The varsity team, coached by his
brother and current Samford Head Coach Todd Yelton, won the 4A state championship in 1999.
accepted an assistant coaching position at Georgia State University
, where he
stayed from 2000 to 2001.
then became head soccer coach at Lees-McRae College
, a Division II school in Banner Elk, N.C., where he
led the team to a 19-3 mark in 2001.
At King College in Bristol, Tenn., Yelton turned in an impressive four-year playing career, and was named team captain in his junior and senior seasons.
was an all-conference selection both years and was named the teamâ€™s Most Valuable Player as a senior.
In 1998, he
completed a bachelorâ€™s degree in history and graduated with honors.
is married to the former Graham Holt and the couple resides in Homewood, Ala.