Yolanda Bates joined the BYU coaching staff in June 2012 and will work with stroke swimmers.
Bates, formerly Mendiola, swam breaststroke and individual medley while a swimmer at BYU. Originally from Mexico City, she was a member of Mexico’s national team from 1974 to 1980. Since graduating from BYU with bachelor's degrees in public relations (1982) and Spanish (1984), Bates has coached youth swimmers in Logan, Utah. Many of Bates’ former high school students went on to swim for BYU, including four current BYU swimmers and Jake Taylor who competed at the NCAA Championships as a freshman for the Cougars and is currently serving a church mission to El Salvador.
In 2001 she graduated with a master's from Utah State University in second language teaching. She previously served as the first female assistant coach to Stan Crump at BYU.
Bates and her husband, Brian, have four children, including two sons, Daniel (2008-2012) and Sammy (2008-2012), and a daughter Nikki Walsh (2002-06) who have been on BYU's swimming teams.