Dec. 12, 2008
Columbia, Mo. – University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel has tabbed assistant coach David Yost as the program’s next offensive coordinator. Yost will replace the departing Dave Christensen after MU’s upcoming bowl game. Christensen has filled that role for Pinkel from day one of his arrival at Mizzou prior to the 2001 season.
Yost came to Columbia on the same day that Pinkel arrived at Mizzou, and has served for the past eight seasons as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator. He’s played a crucial role in helping develop the Tiger offense to its record-setting ways over the past three seasons.
“I’m excited about having David take over the offense,” said MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel. He’s already had a huge role these past few years, much larger than people probably realize, in terms of game-planning and calling plays. Having him move into this new role is a natural fit, and it will help us maintain the continuity of what is already a highly productive unit,” he said.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and for the confidence that Coach Pinkel has shown me,” said Yost. “It’s been fun to be a part of all we’ve achieved the past few years, and I look forward to continuing to improve our system. It’s a big responsibility and something that I’m ready to jump into full bore,” he said.
Yost has spent the last 13 years on Gary Pinkel’s staffs at Toledo and Missouri. He joined Pinkel at Toledo in 1996 as a graduate assistant coach, before advancing to the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator from 1997 through 2000. When Pinkel was hired as Mizzou’s coach in November of 2001, Yost came along with and has been the school’s quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator ever since.
Mizzou’s high-flying spread, no-huddle offense has proven to be one of the hot spots for some of the nation’s most talented skill position players to play in. In the last two years, Mizzou has had its first-ever Heisman Trophy finalist (QB Chase Daniel), won its first-ever Mackey Award (TE Chase Coffman) and has had three other players be named first-team All-Americans four times (WR/KR/PR Jeremy Maclin twice, once each for TE Chase Coffman and TE Martin Rucker).
Through 13 games in 2008, MU’s offense ranks 4th in the nation in passing (340.38 ypg), 6th in total offense (497.46 ypg), 6th in scoring (43.15 ppg) and 8th in pass efficiency (162.69 rating).
Christensen, who was hired as head coach at the University of Wyoming in November, is still on staff at Mizzou, and will maintain his Tiger coaching and game-planning duties through MU’s Dec. 29th Alamo Bowl game against Northwestern.
A native of Carrollton, Ohio, Yost is a 1992 graduate of Kent State. He was married to the former Carrie Crossett, a former soccer student-athlete at Mizzou (and sister of former Tiger punter Adam Crossett) in June of 2005. The couple had their first child, daughter Kennedy Caroline, in December of 2007, and just this week welcomed their second child into Tiger Nation, as son Keaton Monroe was born on Dec. 10th in Columbia.