Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 9:34 a.m. CDT; updated 7:16 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Dave Yost is a coach for the Missouri Tigers football team. He is the team’s offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, placekicker coach and recruiting coordinator.


Born: January 22, 1970

Graduated from Kent State University in 1992

Married to the former Carrie Crossett, sister of former Missouri kicker Adam Crossett

Two children: daughter Kennedy, 3, and son Keaton, 17 months

Personally coached five All-Big 12 players: placekickers Brad Hammerich, Mike Matheny and Jeff Wolfert and quarterbacks Brad Smith and Chase Daniel

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Yost grew up in Carrollton, Ohio, and attended Kent State University. He graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development. He has done some graduate work in psychology as well. In 1994, Yost joined the coaching staff of Tiffin University as the wide receivers coach. A year later, Yost became the quarterbacks and receivers coach as well as offensive coordinator.

In 1997, Yost joined coach Gary Pinkel’s staff at Toledo as the quarterbacks and placekickers coach. Yost followed Pinkel to the University of Missouri and is now in his 10th year on the staff and second year as offensive coordinator.

Coaching at Missouri

From 2002 to 2005, Yost developed quarterback Brad Smith, who broke numerous Missouri, Big 12 and NCAA records while turning around the stagnant Missouri football program.

After Smith graduated and moved on to the NFL, Yost coached Chase Daniel (2005 to 2008) through winning seasons and award-winning performances, highlighted by the 2007 season in which Daniel led a prolific Missouri offense and was a finalist for the Heisman trophy.

As placekicking coach, Yost has solidified the Missouri kicking game. His crowning achievement was turning walk-on Jeff Wolfert (2006 to 2008) into a first team All-Big 12 and All-American honorable mention. Under Yost’s tutelage, Wolfert became the NCAA leader in kicking accuracy (59-72 field goals, 185-185 extra points).

As a recruiter, Yost has helped turn around the program with recruiting classes ranked in the top 35 in each of the past seven years.

Links and sources

Official bio at

Updated: March 20, 2013

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