Mark Yellock, a four-year East Carolina letterman who recently helped guide Elon to a top 10 national ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) final polls for the first time in school history, is in his first season coaching the defensive tackles at his alma mater.
Yellock officially joined head coach Ruffin McNeill's staff on Feb. 2, 2010.
Before accepting the position as Elon's defensive line coach in January, 2006, Yellock served two seasons as a defensive staff assistant under coaches John Thompson and Skip Holtz at ECU in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
"As a player and coach here, Marc understands the history and passion that is the foundation of Pirate Football," McNeill said. "He did a great job at Elon, perhaps receiving the greatest compliment from (former Appalachian State) Coach (John) Wiley who talked about how hard his kids play, how aggressive they are and what great technique they used."
Yellock's efforts at Elon played a key role in the Phoenix' rise to new heights in their 11-year Division I history, culminating with No. 9 standing in The Sports Network poll after a 9-3 campaign in 2009 that included an at-large selection into the FCS playoffs - also a first in program history.
Two of Yellock's linemen - Andre Campbell and Eric Ludwig - earned First-Team All-Southern Conference accolades last fall. Campbell finished tied for 17th in the nation in tackles for loss and 22nd in sacks, while the duo was an intergral factor for an Elon unit that stood 11th nationally in total defense and 15th against the rush.
Yellock gained additional experience during the summer of 2009, completing an internship with the New Orleans Saints where he worked with the organization's defensive line and special teams unit.
During his four-year playing career at East Carolina which began in 1997 under Steve Logan, Yellock experienced action in 26 games and made 18 starts and was part of Pirate teams that advanced to a pair of bowl games in 1999 (Mobile Bowl) and 2000 (galleryfurniture.com).
His collegiate career followed four letterwinning campaigns as a defensive end at Person County High School in Roxboro, N.C., between 1992 and 1995.
After earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry from ECU in 2000, Yellock worked two years at Metric, Inc. of Greenville, serving as a lab analyst for one year and as an analytical chemist for one year before returning to football as a linebackers coach at J.H. Rose High School in 2002. He followed his one-year prep stint by joining the Pirate staff as a video intern in 2003 before being elevated to a staff assistant's position a year later
Yellock, 31, is married to the former LaTonya McIver of Leasburg, N.C. The couple has twins - a boy, Hunter, and a girl, Taylor.