Assistant Coach David Yost has been with Head Coach Gary Pinkel for the past 15 seasons in a variety of capacities, and the 2011 campaign marked his 11th season at Mizzou playing a vital role in the success and development of the Tiger program. Pinkel's recruiting coordinator since 1997, Yost also serves as the Tigers' quarterbacks coach and placekickers coach at Mizzou. In the fall of 2011, Yost was awarded with the title of assistant head coach.
He did an outstanding job of molding the Tiger offense to its strengths in 2011, as Mizzou won the Big 12 rushing title, and ranked 9th nationally, averaging 244.00 yards per game. Mizzou proved to be one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the nation in 2011, thanks to the talents of first-year starting QB James Franklin, as well as outstanding play from the Big 12's 2nd-leading rusher, Henry Josey, and a veteran offensive line. Mizzou was one of only two schools in the country to average at least 230 yards rushing and passing on the year.
Prior to the 2009 season, Yost assumed the added role of offensive coordinator, and in the 2009-10 seasons, he helped guide an attack which featured the arm of quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was a first-round NFL Draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Under Gabbert, the Tigers won 10 games in 2010 for only the fourth time in school history, thanks in large part to Yost's offense, which ranked 35th nationally in yards per game (409.62 avg.). Gabbert ended the year with his second-straight 3,000-yard campaign, throwing for 3,186 yards and 16 touchdowns, while running for 232 yards and five more scores in all, and he closed his three-year Tiger career by throwing for 434 yards - an MU bowl game record - in the 2010 Insight Bowl against Iowa.
In Yost's first season as coordinator, the Tiger offense ranked 14th in the nation in passing, averaging 285.46 yards per game, despite the inexperience of first-year starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert. In all, the Tiger offense ranked 32nd in the nation in total offense, averaging 412.46 yards per game.
Gabbert continued MU's recent success at the quarterback position, following in the footsteps of Tiger legends Chase Daniel and Brad Smith. Gabbert completed his sophomore season by throwing for 3,593 yards (the 3rd-most in MU single-season history) and 24 touchdowns.
As if that weren't enough for his ledger, Yost helped mold first-year starting kicker Grant Ressel into an automatic machine who won 1st-Team All-American honors for his near flawless 2009 season. Ressel stepped into the kicking job vacated by former record-setting Jeff Wolfert, and one-upped Wolfert, who left holding the NCAA career accuracy record for combined kicks. All Ressel did in his first year as a starter was break the NCAA single-season accuracy mark for combined kicks, as he connected on an amazing 65-of-66 total kicks, including 26-of-27 field goals and 39-of-39 extra points. Ressel led the nation in field goal accuracy, in addition to his NCAA season record. Those feats were good enough to earn him 1st-Team All-Big 12 acclaim as well. He followed with another stellar year in 2010, as Ressel made 17-of-19 field goals and 45-of-47 extra points.
Yost has been instrumental in the development of MU's renowned spread attack. The Tigers broke numerous offensive school records in 2008, thanks to the play of Yost's star pupil, quarterback Chase Daniel. In putting together only the third 10-win season in school history, the Tigers established records for points (591), points per game (42.2) and passing yards (4,625), just to name a few.
Yost has to be considered one of the top quarterback coaches in the nation, based on his work in helping develop Daniel, and his predecessor, Brad Smith. Daniel had an amazing three-year run as a starter come to a close in 2008, and he left holding virtually every major passing and total offense record on the books. The 22 wins amassed over the 2007 and 2008 seasons ranked third nationally during that stretch, trailing only Oklahoma and USC.
Daniel caught the nation's attention during the 2007 season, as he amassed 4,559 yards of total offense (ranking 7th in the NCAA) and 4,306 passing yards with 33 touchdowns while leading MU to a record 12 wins and a final No. 4 Associated Press top-25 ranking. That December, a proud Yost got to join Daniel for an experience of a lifetime, as Daniel was one of four invitees to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City, where he finished fourth in final voting.
He is also known for his work with former record-setting quarterback Brad Smith. Yost helped guide Smith through four magical seasons that saw him break an eye-popping 69 different Mizzou, Big 12 and NCAA game, season and career records. Under Yost's tutelage, Smith became the greatest run-pass dual threat QB in NCAA Division I-A history, as he is the only athlete to throw for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career. In 2005 alone, Smith amassed 2,304 yards in the air and 1,301 more on the ground - making him the first player in NCAA D-IA history to reach the 2,000/1,000 mark twice in a career.
Yost oversaw the transformation of previously unheralded walk-on Jeff Wolfert into one of the best Cinderella stories in all of college football. Wolfert, who won the kicking job in fall camp just prior to the 2006 season, had kicked in just one high school game before coming to MU as a scholarship diver on the men's swim team. Wolfert was an all-conference diver in 2004-05, but spurned his diving scholarship to pursue his dream of kicking. After seeing no action as a walk-on in 2005, Wolfert was simply amazing as he connected on an MU record 18 field goals (in 20 attempts) and was a perfect 45-of-45 on extra points to earn himself on the prestigious Lou Groza Award list of semifinalists.
Wolfert followed his surprising 2006 season with an even better year in 2007, as he made an amazing 88-of-92 combined kicks (21-of-25 field goals, 67-of-67 extra points) and won honorable mention All-America honors by Sports Illustrated, while winning 1st-Team All-Big 12 acclaim as he scored an MU single-season record 130 points. He closed his career in 2008 by repeating as a 1st-Team All-Big 12 pick, and ended as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history for combined field goals and extra points (185-of-185 extra points, 59-of-72 field goals).
The 2002 season saw Yost guide Smith, a redshirt freshman, during an historical season as he became only the second player in NCAA Division I-A history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Smith was at it again in 2003, as he broke his own single-season total offense record, with 3,383 yards. He ended the season with 1,977 passing yards and rushed for 1,406 yards, the latter of which is the No. 2 single-season rushing mark in MU history.
From 1997 to 2000, Yost held the same responsibilities for Pinkel at Toledo. He spent four seasons coaching two of the most productive quarterbacks in Toledo history in Tavares Bolden and Chris Wallace. Bolden developed into one of the most versatile signal-callers in the MAC.
Yost came to Toledo from Tiffin University, where he coordinated the offense along with coaching quarterbacks and receivers in 1995. During the 1994 season, he coached wide receivers.
A native of Carrollton, Ohio, Yost spent time coaching his former high school team after graduating from Kent State University. A graduate of Kent State, Yost earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education in 1992. He has done graduate work in educational psychology. He was married to the former Carrie Crossett, a former soccer student-athlete at Mizzou (and sister of former MU kicker Adam Crossett) in June of 2005, and the couple had their first child, daughter Kennedy Caroline, in December of 2006. Son, Keaton, was born in December of 2008 and son Kamden was born in April of 2011.