LOGAN, Utah – David Yost, who has 23 years of coaching experience, including four seasons as an offensive coordinator, has been named Utah State’s offensive coordinator, it was announced Friday by Aggie head coach Matt Wells.
“We’re excited to hire coach Yost as our new offensive coordinator,” said Wells. “His pedigree and background as a quarterback coach and ability to develop explosive offenses will be very exciting for our fans and players alike. We welcome David, Carrie and their three kids to the Aggie football family and to Cache Valley.”
Prior to his appointment at Utah State, Yost spent the 2016 season as the quarterback coach and passing game coordinator at Oregon.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and for the confidence that coach Wells has shown in me,” said Yost. “Being an offensive coordinator is a big responsibility and I’m looking forward to helping Utah State football.”
Along with his offensive coordinator duties at Utah State, Yost will coach the quarterbacks. Assistant head coach Mike Canales will continue to coach the running backs, while assistant coaches Jovon Bouknight and Steve Farmer will continue coaching their current positions of wide receiver and offensive line, respectively. Additionally, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Luke Wells will now coach tight ends, a group he mentored during his first three years at USU.
In his one season at Oregon, the Ducks ranked 16th nationally in total offense at 491.7 yards per game, 27th in the nation in both scoring offense (35.4 points per game) and rushing offense (226.4 yards per game), 32nd nationally in passing offense (265.3 yards per game), and 10th nationally with just six thrown interceptions.
Prior to his stint at Oregon, Yost spent three seasons as the inside wide receiver coach at Washington State under Mike Leach. In his three seasons at WSU, the Cougars set the top-three marks for most passes caught in Pac-12 single-season history, and twice led the nation in passing offense in 2014 (477.7 ypg) and 2015 (389.2 ypg).
In 2014, the Cougars’ inside receivers accounted for 185 of the team’s 510 receptions and 15 of the 45 touchdown catches. In his first year at WSU, the Cougars finished fourth in the country in passing offense, averaging 368.0 yards per game. Freshman receiver River Cracraft claimed all-Pac-12 honorable mention recognition in 2013.
Much of Yost’s offensive influence resulted from a 19-year association with Gary Pinkel, who molded the 47-year-old Ohio native from a graduate assistant coach at Toledo in 1994 to the completion of a 12-year tenure at Missouri as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2012.
Yost began his stay in Columbia, Mo., in 2001 as the quarterback coach and recruiting coordinator, and added the duties of offensive coordinator in 2009. He was also elevated to assistant head coach for his final two seasons at Missouri.
During his tenure that began in the Big 12 Conference and concluded in the SEC, Yost earned the reputation as one of the nation’s brightest young tutors of quarterbacks. His run included a trio of signal callers (Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert) who accumulated 12 different all-conference accolades between them beginning with Smith, who became the first Division I player to pass for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 in the same season, a feat he accomplished in both 2003 and 2005. Smith completed his Missouri tenure in 2005 as the first-ever collegiate player to pass for 8,000 yards and run for another 4,000 before embarking on a nine-year NFL career.
Daniel emerged on the national stage in 2007 when he was a Heisman Trophy finalist, eventually finishing fourth in the voting. He enjoyed an amazing three-year run as a starter before finishing in 2008 as he left holding virtually every major passing and total offense record in Missouri history.
Gabbert followed Daniel and became an eventual first-round NFL Draft pick.
In 2011, Yost guided the Missouri offensive attack to a Big 12 Conference rushing title and finished the season ranked ninth nationally after averaging 244.0 yards per game. Missouri was one of only two schools in the country to average at least 230 yards rushing and passing on the year.
Yost assumed the added role of offensive coordinator prior to the 2009 season and oversaw a Missouri offense that ranked No. 14 in the nation in passing at 285.4 yards per game. The Tigers followed that season with a 10-win campaign in 2010, finishing 35th nationally in yards per game (409.62).
Yost was instrumental in the development of Missouri’s renowned spread attack. The
Tigers broke numerous offensive school records in 2008, putting together only the
third 10-win season in school history. The Tigers also established school records for points (591), points per game (42.2) and passing yards (4,625) that season.
During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Missouri won 22 games to rank third nationally, behind only Oklahoma and USC. Furthermore, Missouri won three Big 12 North Division Championships in a four-year span (2007, 2008, 2010) with Yost on staff.
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 Rockets history in Tavares Bolden and Chris Wallace. 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.
After graduating from Kent State with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 1992, Yost spent time coaching his former high school football team, Carrollton High School, in Carrollton, Ohio.
Yost and his wife, Carrie, have one daughter, Kennedy, and two sons, Keaton and Kamden.
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>David Yost File</strong></span>
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Coaching History:</strong></span>
2017- Utah State – Offensive Coordinator/QB
2016 Oregon – Passing Game Coordinator/QB
2013-15 Washington State – Inside Wide Receivers
2011-12 Missouri – Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coord./Recruiting Coord./QB
2009-10 Missouri – Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/QB
2001-08 Missouri –Recruiting Coordinator/QB
1996-2000 Toledo – Recruiting Coordinator/QB
1994-95 Toledo – Graduate Assistant
1990-95 Tiffin University – Offensive Coordinator/QB/WR
1988-89 Tiffin University – Wide Receivers
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Bowl Games (10):</strong></span>
Washington State – New Mexico, 2013; Sun, 2015
Missouri – Independence, 2003; Independence, 2005; Sun, 2006; Cotton, 2007; Alamo, 2008; Texas, 2009; Insight, 2010, Independence, 2011
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Education:</strong></span>
1992 Kent State – Early Childhood Education
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Family:</strong></span>
Wife – Carrie; Daughter – Kennedy; Sons – Keaton, Kamden
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