Craig Yeast is entering his third season on the Franklin College football coaching staff as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback’s coach. He also serves Coordinator of Intramural Sports.
In 2017, the Grizzly offense lead the HCAC in yards per game (564.5), total passing yards (4,478), total offense (6,210 yards) and scoring (48.6 points per game). Nationally, Franklin’s offense finished Top 5 NCAA Division III in Total Offense (1st - 564.5 YPG) Passing Offense (1st – 407.1 YPG) and Scoring Offense (4th – 48.6 PPG). As quarterbacks coach, Yeast mentored Chase Burton who was named the 2016 and 2017 HCAC Offensive Player of the Year, earning the award his third consecutive season. In 2017, Burton led Division III with 3,916 passing yards and 43 touchdowns, named AFCA First Team All-American, Second Team AP Little All-American, First Team All-North Region by D3Football.com and the North Region Offensive Player of the Year. Four-times Burton was also named HCAC Offensive Player of the Week, threw for at least five touchdowns in six different games, completed 67.6% of his passes, became the program’s all-time leader in passing yards (11,579) and passing touchdowns (121). He threw for 300 yards eight different times, finished with a season-high 467 yards against Rose-Hulman (10/21) and tossed a season-high six touchdowns in the homecoming win over Mount St. Joseph (10/28).
In his inaugural campaign calling plays, the 2016 Grizzly offense lead the HCAC in yards per game (486.8), total passing yards (4,015), total offense (4,868 yards) and scoring (39.4 points per game). Nationally, Franklin’s offense finished in Top 25 NCAA Division III in Passing Offense (1st – 401.5 YPG) Total Offense (17th – 486.5 YPG) and Scoring Offense (23rd – 39.4 PPG).
Yeast, a former National Football League (NFL) player and All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) wide receiver at the University of Kentucky, led Fremont Ross to a 7-3 record in 2014, averaged 42.5 points in those seven victories, and qualified for the Ohio stats playoffs.
Prior to reentering the high school ranks, Yeast spent (2012-2014) as wide receivers coach at NCAA Division II Tiffin University (Ohio). Under Yeast guidance, the Dragons receiving corps finished the season with three receivers named to the 2012 All-GLIAC team, four receivers with at least 40 receptions for the season, and amassed over 2,700 yards in a single season as a group.
Yeast helped lead a kickoff return unit which finished top 20 in nation, an improvement from bottom 10 in 2011 and served as camp coordinator.
Yeast spent one season as the head coach at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, KY. While there, he led the Defenders to the second round of the KHSAA playoffs.
Yeast was a wide receiver with the New York Jets in the National Football League (NFL) player after drafted (1999) in the fourth round of by the Cincinnati Bengals. Yeast also played four professional season with the Hamilton Tiger Cats (2003-2006) of the Canadian Football League
He concluded his collegiate career with the most receptions (201) in SEC history, and still ranks among Kentucky’s all-time receivers with 2,899 career receiving yardage.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sport management from Midway College (2011) and a master's degree in education from Tiffin (2013).
He and his wife Tori have been married for 19 years with two children, 19-year-old Craig II "Russ", and 16-year-old Kiyah.