Scott Yielding is in his first season on the Illini staff as director of player personnel after spending the past two seasons as tight ends coach and academic coordinator at The Citadel.
Prior to his time at his alma mater, Yielding spent four years at Oklahoma State as assistant director of football operations and assistant director of recruiting. His duties included recruiting, coordinating and selecting walk-on players for the Cowboy roster.
With Yielding on the staff, the Cowboys were recognized as producing some of the nation's finest recruiting classes.
During his stay in Stillwater, Oklahoma State posted a record of 41-11, including a 23-3 mark in Yielding's final two years. In 2011 the Cowboys finished 12-1, won the Big 12 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 12 South championship and was victorious over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.
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 Citadel in 1998. While a graduate student, he worked in the office of admissions and served as NCAA and academic liaison to the football program.
Yielding and his wife, Valerie, have a daughter, Georgia Lee.
Updated July 2014