Stephanie Lawrence Yelton Named West Florida Women's Basketball Head Coach
Press Conference Scheduled for Wednesday, May 2
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to announce the hiring of Stephanie Lawrence Yelton as its new women’s basketball head coach. Yelton will be formally introduced to the UWF and Pensacola community in a press conference at the Argonaut Athletic Club on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be open to the public.
Yelton brings 16 years of women’s basketball coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels. The Morrow, Ga. native has five years of experience as a Division I head coach at Charleston Southern, and her most recent position was an assistant with the Boston College women’s basketball program. Yelton is a 1996 graduate of North Carolina, where she was a member of UNC’s 1993-94 NCAA national championship team.
“We are beginning a new era of women’s basketball at the University of West Florida,” said Athletic Director Dave Scott. “Coach Yelton brings in experience with championships at the highest level of college basketball. She will be a great role model and mentor for our student-athletes. Her background is consistent with our commitment to excellence on and off the court in building champions for life.”
Yelton’s coaching career started in 1996-97 as an assistant coach at Wingate University, a Division II institution in Wingate, N.C. After a year at Wingate, which included winning the South Atlantic Conference championship, she started a four-year stint as an assistant with Wake Forest women’s basketball in 1997-98.
After five total years as an assistant coach, Yelton earned her first head coaching job at Charleston Southern in 2001. In her time at CSU, she was the youngest head coach in Division I basketball, and she coached five All-Big South Conference players during her tenure.
Yelton then moved on to Ohio University in 2006-07 to join her former UNC teammate Sylvia Crawley on the women’s basketball staff as assistant head coach. Ohio posted a record of 38-15 in their two years coaching the Bobcats, which were highlighted by a trip to the Mid-American Conference championship game.
Crawley, the head coach, and Yelton, the assistant, then moved on to Boston College for the 2008-09 season. In four years at BC, Crawley and Yelton led the team to a record of 67-62. The Eagles advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals for the first time in school history in 2008-09, and the team advanced to the WNIT semifinals in 2009-10 and the WNIT third round in 2010-11. While at Boston College, Yelton’s teams posted six wins over opponents ranked in the top 25 and two wins over top 10 opponents.
As a player, Yelton (Stephanie Lawrence at the time) helped lead North Carolina to two ACC championships and the team’s first NCAA national title in 1993-94. She graduated from UNC as the school’s career leader in every three-point shooting statistical category. Yelton was also an ACC All-Tournament Team selection in 1995. After her college career, she also competed professionally in the New Zealand Professional Basketball League in 1996.
Yelton excelled as a prep basketball player, leading Morrow High School to three AAAA state championships. In 1991, she was named “Miss Georgia Basketball.”
Yelton graduated from UNC in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis in interpersonal communication. She is married to Jack Yelton, and they have a two-year old son Bobby and are expecting their second child later this summer.
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Yelton’s Coaching Career:
Division I Head Coach Record
2001-02 - 12-16
2002-03 - 13-15
2003-04 - 11-17
2004-05 - 14-15
2005-06 - 7-21
TOTAL - 57-84 (5 years)
Division I Assistant Coach Record
2008-09 - 23-12
2009-10 - 17-15
2010-11 - 20-12
2011-12 - 7-23
TOTAL - 67-62 (4 years)
2006-07 - 18-12
2007-08 - 20-13
TOTAL - 38-15 (2 years)
1997-98 - 4-23
1998-99 - 8-20
1999-00 - 7-21
2000-01 - 11-15
TOTAL - 30-79 (4 years)
Division II Assistant Coach Record
1996-97 - 20-9 (1 year)