(1928 – 2020)

The first representative from Houston to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Yeoman coached the Cougars for an amazing 25 seasons from 1962 to 1986, and his 160 victories are the most in the program’s history.

This summer, the University said farewell to the indomitable Coach Yeoman, whose statue now stands guard in front of TDECU Stadium. Best remembered for creating the Veer Offense, which continues to influence game strategy across the nation, Yeoman pursued victory and good sportsmanship with equal fervor, showing football fans across America what it takes to become a winner. Taking the University of Houston football program from relative obscurity to national prominence, Yeoman guided his student-athletes to four Southwest Conference championships and 11 bowl games. In 2002, Yeoman received the Paul Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. Off the field, Yeoman helped open the door for the racial integration of college football at UH and throughout the SWC. In his retirement, Coach Yeoman remained a spirited supporter of UH and the athletics programs he so successfully developed.