P.K. Yonge Announces Valerie Flournoy as Athletic Director

April 7, 2023

Flournoy with her wealth of experience leading athletic programs set to begin duties August 1, 2023. 

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School has appointed Valerie Flournoy as Athletic Director. This administrative position will be responsible for leading the P.K. Yonge athletic programs grades 6 through 12 and providing an academically enriching environment for Blue Wave student-athletes. 

“We are excited to welcome back P.K. Yonge alum Valerie Flournoy to the Blue Wave family. She is known for creating programs that honor the needs of student-athletes and focus on their complete development,” said Dr. Brian K. Marchman, P.K. Yonge director. “Valerie is passionate about the value of athletics in the development of young people; her experience, talent, and vision resonated with all members of the P.K. Yonge community who were involved in the search process.” 

Flournoy comes to P.K. Yonge from Texas Tech University where she served as Assistant Athletic Director for the Department of Student-Athlete Development. Prior to Texas Tech, Flournoy served as an Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Enhancement and the Gators Experience program University of Florida. She brings over 10 years of experience developing relationships with  student-athletes, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the community. In her previous university student-athlete development focused positions, Flournoy oversaw community outreach, leadership development, personal enhancement, and special projects for student-athletes. 

“The opportunity to come back to Gainesville and to P.K. Yonge as the Athletic Director is special,” said Flournoy. “I am looking forward to building upon the legacy of  Coach Kelly Barrett and Coach John Clifford and eager to get on campus to support the P.K. Yonge family and school in its  renewed vision and commitment to academic and athletic excellence. I am grateful to Dr. Carrie Geiger, Dr. Brian Marchman, and the search committee for the opportunity. Go Blue Wave!” 

Flournoy graduated from P.K. Yonge in 2006 and had a standout track and field high school career. She finished her Blue Wave career with 11 first-place championship medals (nine individually, one in a relay, and one for the Blue Wave’s 2005 Class A team title). She competed in track events including 100, 200, 100 high hurdles, and long jump. She was also a member of the 2002 volleyball state champion team.

As a track & field student-athlete at Florida State University, she served as a team captain, vice-president of the Society for Human Resource Managers Student Group, and participated in the Women in Leadership Development Program.

“In addition to her impressive athletic leadership record, Valerie has a personal connection and commitment to P.K. Yonge and she understands and shares the pride our community takes in our school,” said Dr. Carrie Geiger, P.K. Yonge principal. “She was the perfect fit for our school culture and our athletic program. We are excited to welcome her home.”

Flournoy earned her undergraduate degree in human resources from Florida State in 2010 and her master’s degree in sports administration in 2012. 

Flournoy begins her duties on August 1, 2023 and will oversee the 16 middle and high school athletics programs at P.K. Yonge.

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