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Dr. Chris Yandle
Graduated 2004

918 Joans Street
Mandeville, LA

St. Tammany Parish Public School System
321 N. Theard St.
Covington, LA 70433

Home Phone: 404-702-7886
Work Phone: 985-898-6437
Fax: - -
Email: chris@bychrisyandle.com

Updated Dec. 16, 2019

A native of South Louisiana, Dr. Chris Yandle is a former college athletics administrator and an award-winning public relations professional at both the K-12 and college level. After spending more than a decade with five different NCAA Division I college athletics programs, he transitioned to K-12 communications in his home state in 2016.
Considered among the leading communications professionals in college athletics, Chris served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at the University of Miami (2012-2014) and Georgia Tech (2014-2016). He was CoSIDA’s university division recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Award.
Prior to moving to Miami, he spent four years at Baylor University (2008-2012) where he was one of the leaders behind the successful Heisman Trophy campaign of quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2011, and was one of the key contributors to Baylor’s increased presence across social media platforms. Chris began his professional career in the office of his alma mater, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he served as assistant sports information director from 2007-2008.
He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (B.A., Public Relations) and a 2007 graduate of Marshall University (M.S., Athletic Administration). In October 2019, he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, The Lived Academic Experiences of NCAA Division I FBS and FCS Football Student-Athletes: A Phenomenological Approach. He is scheduled to graduate from Mercer University with a degree in Higher Education Leadership in December 2019.
In addition to his time in athletics, Chris has spent time as an adjunct instructor at numerous schools, including Baylor University, West Virginia University, Kennesaw State University, Winthrop University, and Southeastern Louisiana University. His book, “Lucky Enough,” is his first non-academic publication. He co-wrote the college textbook “Developing Successful Social Media Plans in Sport Organizations” with Dr. Jimmy Sanderson in 2015.

Chris Yandle, Ph.D.

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After spending more than 15 years of my life in college athletics, I changed career paths in July 2016 when we left Atlanta and decided to move back home to Louisiana. My career took me to six different Division I schools – Southern Miss (2000-2002), Louisiana (2002-2005, 2007-2008), Marshall (2005-2007), Baylor (2008-2012), Miami (2012-2014) and Georgia Tech (2014-2016).

The last four years of my career were at the administrative level as an Assistant Athletic Director for Communications & Public Relations at both Miami and Georgia Tech.

Since moving back to Louisiana, we have settled in Mandeville and I am now working for the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. It’s been a much-welcomed change of pace to my life and my career. I am back in school, working on my Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Mercer University in Atlanta. My goal is to return to the college ranks as a university administrator to help fix Higher Education in Louisiana.

My wife Ashleigh ’08 and I have two kids – Addison and Jackson – and two dogs – Tank and Benson.