Shenandoah University entered a new era with its football program in January 2013 with the addition of Scott Yoder as its head coach.
Yoder, a 2001 Hobart College graduate, is the third head coach since Shenandoah reinstated football in 2000.
Yoder comes to SU after 12 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater. For the last six years of his time at the Geneva, N.Y. school, Yoder was the defensive coordinator for the Liberty League power. Including 2011 and 2012, the squad captured five LL titles during Yoder's time on staff.
In 2012, Yoder's defense helped the Statesmen to a 12-1 record, that league championship and an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals. Hobart was eliminated from the playoffs with a quarterfinal round loss to eventual national runner-up St. Thomas (Minn.).
Yoder's squad opened the 2012 playoffs with a 38-20 victory over ODAC champion Washington & Lee. In that game, the Statesmen held the Generals to nearly 200 yards under their season offensive yardage on the way to the 18-point victory.
Hobart also led the Liberty League in total defense, allowing just 17.3 points and 241.0 yards per game. Four players were named first team All-Liberty League with two being unanimous selections and one, sophomore defensive end Tyre Coleman, named as the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
The Statesmen ended the year with the fifth ranked defense in the nation and finished in the top 10 nationally in pass defense and sacks.
Prior to his time on the defensive side of the ball, Yoder mentored a talented and deep corps of receivers, including two All-Liberty League selections in 2004. Under his direction, wideout Dan Suozzi broke the Hobart career records for receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns.
A reliable target himself during his playing days, Yoder finished his career with 108 receptions for 1,361 yards. Following the 2000 season, he earned first-team accolades from the ECAC and the Liberty League.
The economics major was also a member of the Division I Hobart lacrosse team. Yoder helped guide the Statesmen to the 2000 Patriot League Championship and the program’s 23rd NCAA postseason appearance.
Yoder and his wife, Alyson, are the parents of three sons: William, Chase and Jackson.