Shawn R Yonker
Shawn R Yonker

Assistant Athletic Director For Marketing and Media Relations

Shawn Yonker is in his second year with the Hawks as Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Media Relations and serves as the primary contact for men's basketball and women's bowling.

Yonker came to UMES with more than 16 years of public relations, communications and journalism experience at four newspapers and as Communications Coordinator at Perdue Corporate. He has also been an adjunct professor of communications at Salisbury University.

He moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004 to become the Sports Editor at the Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland. During two stints at the Gannett-owned news organization, he became a fixture in the Shore sports community and earned six writing awards from the Maryland-Delaware-Disctrict of Columbia Press Association and the Associated Press. Over his writing career he has also worked for: The Wilson Daily Times, Wilson, North Carolina; The Clarksburg-Exponent Telegram, Clarksburg, West Virginia; The Greene County Messenger, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He covered high school, college and professional athletics and has been a freelance writer for a variety of organizations including the Associated Press.

As Communications Coordinator at Perdue, he worked with media relations, event planning, crisis communications, charitable giving, social media, and internal company communications. He devised, implemented and managed sponsorship of the 2011 "Strike Out Hunger" South Atlantic League All-Star game hosted by the Delmarva Shorebirds, which gained the company valuable exposure, but also raised over a quarter of a million meals for hungry families on Delmarva.

He has volunteered with the Maryland Food Bank, Salisbury City Park cleanup projects and the Oyster Recovery Partnership and is currently a volunteer travel soccer coach with Salisbury United Soccer Club.

Yonker received an associates degree from Allegany College of Maryland in 1995 where he was a two-year starter on the soccer team and an NJCAA Region 20 All-Star selection. He earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University's Perley Isaac Reed School of Media in 1997.

He was born in Flintstone, Maryland and lives in Salisbury, with his wife Sarah, son Kason and daughter Skylar.

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