ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost is resigning after 12 years on Gary Pinkel’s coaching staff, citing personal reasons for his decision to step down.
The school announced the news through a press release. Pinkel said that he will conduct a national search for Yost’s replacement, but that he will also consider internal candidates.
Yost gave the following statement this morning through the university:
“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.
“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 the original staff brought to Mizzou when Pinkel was hired as head coach in 2001.
“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.”