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Recreation & Physical Education Office Bio
Scott D. Yakola
Chair of Health, Wellness & Physical Education
Coach Info:
Position: Chair of Health, Wellness & Physical Education
Phone: (919) 613-7487

Scott D. Yakola is the Chair of the Department of HWPE and Director of the Leadership Program at Duke University.  Yakola is a Professor of Sports Finance, Sports Leadership, and Sports Marketing. Through the Leadership Programs, he provides leadership training for athletes, coaches and administrators within the department through various educational programs.

Yakola has been cited by Duke’s Trinity College for Excellence in Teaching multiple times, is a Pre-Major Advisor for undergraduate students and serves on a number of committees at Duke including the Arts and Science Council and the Faculty Working Group on Sports.  He has served the Athletic Department as a Coach, as the Director of Sports Promotions and in various leadership roles associated with hosting ACC, NCAA and International Championship events.

Yakola has worked in consulting roles on various marketing efforts and leadership development training with organizations like the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Gator Bowl Association, Dr Pepper, the Cannon School, Colgate University and others. He is a Certified PDP Administrator with Professional DynaMetric Programs and is a member of the National Board of Directors for the United States Sports Academy Alumni Association.

A native of Yarmouth, Mass., Yakola lives in Mebane with his wife Amy and their two children.