Merritt Yackey enters his fifth season as the head softball coach at Lees-McRae College.
Yackey took the reins of a Bobcat softball program in the summer of 2009. Over the four seasons, six players have been selected as Conference Carolinas All-Conference performers and Yackey was named Coach of the Year in 2011.
Both the 2012 and 2013 teams were awarded the Sportsmanship Award. The Award, determined using a voting process implemented by Athletics Directors, which calls for a coach and student-athlete representative to vote together and evaluate the sportsmanship exhibited by conference opponents’ players, coaches and fans during the regular season.
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 in 2008 and 2009.