Steve Yoder

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Steve Yoder
Biographical details
Bornc. 1939
Playing career
c. 1960Illinois Wesleyan
1959–1962Illinois Wesleyan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1962–1964Glen Ellyn JH (IL) (assistant)
1964–1967Plymouth HS (IN) (assistant)
1967–1973Plymouth HS (IN)
1973–1975Furman (assistant)
1975–1976Penn HS (IN)
1976–1977Ball State (assistant)
1977–1982Ball State
2014–2017Houston (dir. of operations)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2000–2003Indiana Pacers (scout)
2003–2011New York Knicks (scout)
Head coaching record
Overall205–227 (college)
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA Division I)
1–1 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
2 MAC regular season (1981, 1982)
MAC Tournament (1981)

Steve Yoder (born c. 1939) is an American former college basketball coach. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Ball State University from 1977 to 1982 and the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1982 to 1992, compiling career college basketball coaching record of 205–227. Yoder most recently served as director of operations for the Houston Cougars men's basketball team.[1]


Yoder is a native of Plymouth, Indiana and 1958 graduate of Plymouth High School. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University on a basketball and baseball scholarship, winning four letters in baseball and two in basketball before graduating in 1962. He received his master's degree from University of Saint Francis, then called Saint Francis College, in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1970.


He started his coaching career at Glen Ellyn, Illinois junior high school, and in 1965 took an assistant's position in basketball at Plymouth, Indiana. He became head coach at Plymouth in 1967 and proceeded to guide the school to three conference titles, three sectional crowns, a pair of regional titles, and two finishes among the top ten teams in state rankings over a six-year period. Yoder was named Indiana's District One Coach of the Year in 1973 and he then accepted a job as assistant coach at Furman University. He returned to Indiana in 1975 as head coach at Mishawaka's Penn High School. He then became assistant basketball coach at Ball State University in 1976 and a year later became head coach at the school.

Yoder was head coach at Ball State from 1977–78 to 1981–82, compiling a record of 77-62. He was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year for both the 1980–81 and 1981–82 seasons. The 1980-81 Ball State team shared the MAC title with three other schools and gained an NCAA tournament berth by winning the conference's post-season tournament. Ball State compiled an overall 17–11 record during the 1981-82 season including a 12–4 conference record that gave them the MAC championship. The Cardinals lost to Northern Illinois University 79–75 in overtime in the MAC post-season tournament title game with the winner advancing to the NCAA meet.

In 1982, he left for University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he coached the Badgers until 1992. He compiled a record of 128–165 and led the Badgers to the National Invitation Tournament in 1988–89 and 1990–91 – the Badgers' first postseason appearances in over 40 years. For his accomplishments in coaching the 18–12 NIT team in 1988-89, Yoder was named Kodak District XI Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as well as Midwest Coach of the Year by Basketball Times.

After coaching, he became a scout with the Indiana Pacers and later the New York Knicks.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ball State Cardinals (Mid-American Conference) (1977–1982)
1977–78 Ball State 10–15 6–10 T–7th
1978–79 Ball State 16–11 9–7 4th
1979–80 Ball State 14–15 7–9 T–4th
1980–81 Ball State 20–10 10–6 T–1st NCAA Division I First Round
1981–82 Ball State 17–11 12–4 1st
Ball State: 77–62 44–36
Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten Conference) (1982–1992)
1982–83 Wisconsin 8–20 3–15 10th
1983–84 Wisconsin 8–20 4–14 10th
1984–85 Wisconsin 14–14 5–13 9th
1985–86 Wisconsin 12–16 4–14 9th
1986–87 Wisconsin 14–17 4–14 8th
1987–88 Wisconsin 12–16 6–12 7th
1988–89 Wisconsin 18–12 8–10 6th NIT Second Round
1989–90 Wisconsin 14–17 4–14 T–8th
1990–91 Wisconsin 15–15 8–10 7th NIT Second Round
1991–92 Wisconsin 13–18 4–14 9th
Wisconsin: 128–165 50–130
Total: 205–227

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Former Coach Steve Yoder Joins Men's Basketball Staff. Houston Cougars: Men's Basketball, April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.

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