EUGENE, Ore. — Former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost has joined Mark Helfrich’s staff as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, Oregon’s fourth-year head coach announced Wednesday.
A 21-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, including 16 under the tutelage of head coach Gary Pinkel at both Toledo and Mizzou, and the last three as an assistant to Mike Leach at Washington State, Yost is regarded as one of the top developers of quarterback talent in the game.
“We are very excited to welcome David Yost to the Oregon football family,” Helfrich said. “He brings a wealth of experience as a QB coach and offensive coordinator, success as a national recruiter, and is an intelligent, dedicated family man.”
Yost spent 12 seasons on Pinkel’s staff in Columbia from 2001 to 2012, serving as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator before ascending to offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. He sent three consecutive signal-callers to the NFL, including one Heisman Trophy finalist and one first round NFL Draft pick.
“David Yost will be a great addition to the Oregon staff,” Pinkel said. “He is one of the most talented and dedicated coaches I worked with in my career. He’s got a proven track record of mentoring and developing quarterbacks to play winning football - guys like Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert, to name a few.
“Oregon is getting someone who is a great family man and a role model for his players. He will help them become the best they can be on and off the field, and I’m confident that Coach Yost will do great things at Oregon.”
Yost coached inside receivers during his three-year stint in Pullman, playing an integral part in a Washington State offense that led the nation in passing the past two seasons. The Cougars recorded the top three marks for passes caught in Pac-12 single-season history under his watch.
The addition of Yost completes the Ducks’ offensive staff for 2016.