Samford University has handed Todd Yelton
, one of the most sought-after young women's soccer coaches in the country, a 10-year extension after he led the
Bulldogs to an at-large berth in the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Tournament from the unheralded Ohio Valley Conference.
Yelton, who has compiled a 76-31-1record in six seasons at
Samford, was recently contacted by high-ranking officials from several major institutions regarding head coaching vacancies.
During his six years at the helm of the program, Yelton has led
the Bulldogs to four OVC regular-season championships, two NCAA appearances, one OVC Tournament title and a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance. In 2005, Samford beat Vanderbilt in the
opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
"This sends a strong statement about Samford's commitment to athletics when you can keep someone as talented as Todd Yelton in the Bulldog family,"
said Samford athletic director Bob Roller
. "Todd and his staff have produced a top 40 team nationally, and there is no reason to think that we can't move
higher in the coming seasons. We are fully committed to a strong, national women's soccer program, and this long-term deal solidifies our role as a team to be reckoned with in the next decade."