About Dr. Chris Yandle

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.