Wes Yeary is in his fourth season as the athletics chaplain at his alma mater, working directly with Baylor's football program as its team chaplain.
Yeary, who played defensive back for Coach Grant Teaff's Bears from 1983-86 and was a member of three bowl teams, joined the Baylor staff in June 2008. He oversees Baylor's athletic ministry and has daily interaction with student-athletes with an emphasis on spiritual growth and support. He maintains Baylor's relationship with FCA, develops faith-based programming and organizes student-athlete bible studies, prayer groups and mission opportunities.
In three years in Waco, Yeary has led Baylor student-athletes on three summer mission trips to Nairobi, Kenya, as part of the Baylor Sports Ministry Team.
Yeary came to Baylor from Auburn where he directed the Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Chaplain Training Program from 2006 to 2008, equipping men and women to serve as team chaplains on college campuses.
Before Auburn, Yeary served as FCA Campus Director and team chaplain for the football, basketball and baseball teams at the University of Mississippi from 1996 through 2005. He also worked as the recruiting coordinator and receivers coach at Carson-Newman College from 1994-95 and directed a recreation program through Atlanta's Dunwoody Baptist Church from 1992-94.
After earning his undergraduate degree from Baylor in education in 1987, he coached at Coral Gables (Fla.) High School from 1988-92 and also worked with FCA starting ministries at the University of Miami and in Miami's inner-city high schools.
A licensed (1992) and ordained (1994) minister, Yeary also served as Chaplain at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.