Chris Yost will be the new physical education teacher at St. James High School this year, and two things made his interview with Principal Ted Simon unique.

First, Simon was coaching the “B” squad football team at United South Central High School in Wells when Yost was a player on the “C” squad.

“When I walked in to the interview, I said, ‘So, you’re the man here,’” Yost said. “I didn’t know that, but I’ve known (Simon) since I was in ninth grade.”

Yost also was using a pair of crutches during the interview, remnants of May 29 surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Though Yost, 25, has long been a multi-sport athlete, his right knee collapsed as he was playing with youth in April during his stint as a student teacher. Since he was also coaching ninth-grade baseball at the time, he opted to delay surgery until May 29.

Since he assisted USC’s athletic director during his junior and senior years of high school, Yost has known his ultimate goal is to become an athletic director. A dedicated sportsman, he’s also passionate about coaching and teaching.

This is the first in a series of articles profiling new teachers in the district that will run in the St. James Plaindealer leading into the new school year. For the rest of this story, please see the July 24 print edition, and for the profile of next week's teacher, pick up a copy of the July 31 paper.