Merritt Yackey is in his first season as the associate athletic director for external operations at Lees-McRae. Yackey assists with fundraising efforts and special projects within the Bobcat athletic department and its 17 intercollegiate sports.
Yackey is also in his third year as the Bobcats’ head softball coach, taking the reins of a program that finished the 2009 season with a 23-19 overall record, which marked the school’s first winning campaign in 10 years. In his first season with the Bobcats, Yackey led the program to a 12-32 record and a 5-13 mark in Conference Carolinas play.
He took the Bobcats to new heights in 2010, leading Lees-McRae to a 26-27 overall record and the program’s first-ever winning season in conference play with a 10-8 mark against league opponents. For his efforts, Yackey was named the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year, as the Bobcats placed four on the all-conference teams.
Yackey brings over 25 years of experience in higher education. He was Director of Development/Special Giving at Albion College from 1988-1993, Director of Development at Converse College from 1995-1996, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at Catawba College from 1997-2000, Special Assistant to the President/Campaign Director at Limestone College from 2000-2002, Vice President for Development at Mansfield University from 2002-2004 and Vice President for Advancement at Lees-McRae College from 2004-2007. Yackey also served as the head softball coach at local Avery High School from 2007-2009.