COLUMBIA, Mo. – David Yost has stepped down as assistant head football coach of the University of Missouri, the school announced Monday morning. Yost, who spent 12 years on the Mizzou coaching staff, cited personal reasons for his leaving.
“First off, I want to thank Coach Pinkel for an amazing 17 years,” said Yost. “He has done so much for me and I’m just so grateful for the faith that he showed in me and all of the opportunities that he sent my way. I also want to thank Mike Alden for the support he has given me personally, and to our program. Mizzou is a special place, and I know that we’re positioned to do great things going forward,” Yost said.
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The decision came after a tumultous first season in the SEC for the Tigers, which saw the team finish 11th in the conference in total offense.
Yost and Pinkel had coached together for the past 17 years. He joined Pinkel's staff in Toledo as a graduate assistant in 1996, and served has his quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator the next four season until moving to Mizzou in the same position.
“There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision,” Yost said. “I feel like I’ve had a great run here and that it’s just the right time to turn it over to someone else. On one hand, it’s a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it’s the right decision at the right time for me,” he said.
“I’m going to miss our staff, they’re like brothers to me, and not being around our players, that’s hard to think about how tough that will be,” he said.
Yost was part of Pinkels original staff when he was hired at Mizzou before the 2001 season. In 2009, Yost was promoted to offensive coordinator.
Part of the original staff when Pinkel was hired at Mizzou prior to the 2001 season, Yost was the first staff member to join Pinkel in Columbia, and he initially served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator, staying in that role through 2008. Prior to 2009, Yost was promoted to offensive coordinator, and in the fall of 2011, he had assistant head coach added to his title.
Three of Yost’s protégés at quarterback - in Brad Smith (Buffalo Bills), Chase Daniel (New Orleans Saints) and Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville Jaguars) - are playing in the National Football League. The three earned 12 different all-conference honors between them, and Daniel was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2007.
Yost also coached placekickers, worked with four kickers who won all-conference honors. Two of his kickers – Grant Ressel and Jeff Wolfert – earned national honors, with Ressel being named a 1st-Team All-American in 2009, while Wolfert preceded him as an honorable-mention All-American in 2007.
“It is very difficult to imagine not having David as part of our staff,” said Pinkel. “I asked him to reconsider, but I respect his decision. He has been such an instrumental part of our program and everything we‘ve built since we came here. There’s hardly an aspect of our program that he hasn’t had a hand in, and we’re going to miss his leadership and energy. He was responsible for a lot of things, and he did them all very well. He was an outstanding representative of Mizzou who busted his tail for our program. He’s going to be tough to replace,” he said.
Pinkel said that he will conduct a national search for Yost’s replacement, but that he will also consider internal candidates. The was no immediate timetable for the hire.