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  Stephanie Lawrence Yelton

Stephanie Lawrence Yelton

Player Profile

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
North Carolina '96

Stephanie Lawrence Yelton enters her second season as the associate head coach for the Bobcats.

Yelton spent five seasons as the head coach at Charleston Southern University before coming to Ohio. In her five seasons with the Lady Bucs, she compiled a 56-84 record, including a 28-43 mark in Big South play. In 2003-04, Yelton served on the NCAA East Regional Committee and served as the Big South's NCAA Conference Captain for women's basketball. Part of her duties included acting as a legislative liaison between the NCAA and the league's women's basketball coaches.

Yelton got her start in coaching as an assistant at Wingate University. She helped the squad to the 1997 South Atlantic Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA Regionals. Yelton moved on to Wake Forest University as an assistant coach with the Demon Deacons from 1998-2001.

Yelton is no stranger to athletic success. She began her standout playing career at Morrow High School in Georgia. She led the team to a 93-3 record and three straight state championships. She was a two-time All-America selection and earned the most coveted title of Miss Basketball for the state of Georgia as a senior.

Yelton moved on to play college basketball at the University of North Carolina where she was a four-year letterwinner and a teammate of Crawley. Yelton played a crucial role in the Tar Heel's 1994 national championship as a junior. A regular starter that season, she scored three points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out five assists, including one on the game-winning basket, in the title game. She left North Carolina as the Tar Heels' all-time leader in three-point field goals (227) and three-point shooting percentage (.358). Yelton's 69 three-pointers in 1994-95 broke the Carolina single-season record and still ranks among the school's top 10. Her .405 three-point shooting percentage in 1993-94 stood as the school record until 2005-06. Her seven three-pointers against Robert Morris in 1992 are still tied for the most in school history.

Following her collegiate career, Yelton went to New Zealand, where she played professionally for the Waitakere Rangers. She led the Rangers to a third-place finish in the National Tournament before an ankle injury ended her playing career.

Yelton received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina in communication studies. She is married to Jack Yelton, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Ohio.