Steve Yoder

    Plymouth, Ind.

    High School:
    Plymouth (Ind.) '58

    Last College:
    Illinois Wesleyan '62; Saint Francis '70

    Director for Operations

    Joined Houston:
    April 2014

    Steve Yoder


    Former Coach Steve Yoder Joins Men's Basketball Staff

    Coaching veteran to serve as director of operations for Cougars

    Former head coach Steve Yoder joined the University of Houston Men's Basketball program as its director for operations in April 2014.

    In that role, Yoder will coordinate all contracts and works as a liaison to visiting teams and Athletics Department staff. In addition, he assists with on-campus recruiting, manages correspondence and relations with alumni and donors, supervises the student managers and helps with game-day responsibilities.

    Most recently, Yoder spent 11 years as a scout in the NBA. He worked from 2003 to 2011 with the New Yorks Knicks and served in a similar role from 2000 to 2003 with the Indiana Pacers.

    After leaving the coaching ranks in 1992, Yoder worked as a television analyst with Raycom and ESPN from 1993 to 1999.

    Full Name Stephen Kent Yoder
    Hometown Plymouth, Ind.
    College Illinois Wesleyan '62; Saint Francis '70
    Family Married to the former Marcia Rich
    Children: Sons Mike and Dan,
    daughters Wendy and Amy
    Grandchildren: Jesse Yoder,
    Amanda Scarborough, Madison Yoder
    and Sara Stanhope
    Great-grandchildren: Ethan Craig
    and Ryley Byrd
    Year Team, Position
    2014 - Houston, Director for Operations
    2003-11 New York Knicks, Scout
    2000-03 Indiana Pacers, Scout
    1993-99 Raycom/ESPN, Television Analyst
    1982-92 Wisconsin, Head Coach
    1977-82 Ball State, Head Coach
    1976-77 Ball State, Assistant Coach
    1975-76 Penn High, Head Coach
    1973-75 Furman, Assistant Coach
    1967-73 Plymouth (Ind.) High, Head Coach
    1964-67 Plymouth (Ind.), Assistant Coach
    1962-64 Glen Ellyn (Ill.), Assistant Coach
    1977-82 Ball State, Head Coach
    1958-62 Illinois Wesleyan
    Four-year letterman in baseball
    Two-year letterman in basketball

    Yoder, who is a Plymouth, Ind., native, served as the head coach at Wisconsin from 1982 to 1992. In 10 seasons with the Badgers, he compiled 128 wins and led the program to NIT appearances in 1991 and 1989. His first NIT berth marked Wisconsin's first postseason berth in more than 40 years.

    Leading the 1988-89 team to an 18-12 record and the NIT Second Round, Yoder was named Kodak District XI Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as well as the Midwest Coach of the Year by Basketball Times.

    Before his Wisconsin tenure, Yoder worked as a head coach at Ball State from 1977 to 1982. There, he compiled a 77-62 overall record and led the Cardinals to the 1981 NCAA Tournament.

    He guided Ball State to a share of the 1981 Mid-American Conference regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a win in the MAC Tournament championship game.

    One year later, Yoder led Ball State to a 12-4 conference record and the outright championship before bowing out to Northern Illinois in overtime in the MAC Tournament championship game.

    Yoder entered the coaching ranks at Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Junior High and became an assistant coach at Plymouth (Ind.) High in 1965. Becoming Plymouth High head coach in 1967, he led the team to three conference championships, three sectional titles, a pair of regional crowns and two finishes among the top-10 teams in the state rankings during a six-year period.

    After being named Indiana's District One Coach of the Year in 1973, he accepted a job as an assistant coach at Furman. He returned to Indiana as head coach at Mishawaka's Penn High School. He served as an assistant coach at Ball State in 1976 before becoming head coach of the Cardinals one year later.

    Yoder received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Illinois Wesleyan in 1962 and earned his master's degree in education from Saint Francis in 1970.

    He and his wife, Marcia, have four children: sons Mike and Dan, daughters Wendy and Amy, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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