Over the weekend inside receivers coach David Yost reportedly accepted the position of quarterbacks coach with the Oregon Ducks. Yost was considered a coup when Leach hired him 2 years ago after he left the position of offensive coordinator at Missouri. Yost was burned out with both calling plays and serving as recruiting coordinator, so Pullman seemed like the perfect place for him to recharge his batteries, while giving the WSU staff an excellent teacher in the passing game. His work with the inside recievers seemed to be pretty stellar as River Cracraft, Kyle Sweet and Robert Lewis are all top targets for Luke Falk. However Yost was not really a factor in the recruiting area, not reeling in any major prospects from his territories in Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and San Francisco.
Hopefully, the next coach in this position can be more of factor on the road. It would be nice to have a top recruiter who can keep the Spokane kids home and build a wall around the Eastern Washington/North Idaho corner. As the nearest Pac-12 team WSU could reap some serious benefits from this territory.
It's tough to say who Leach will replace Yost with. Leach always seems to bring in top assistants when the Cougars have staff changes, so I don't think fans should get too concerned. One internal option may be Manager of player personnel Gordy Anderson who has served as an offensive assistant and has assisted with recruiting the past couple of years. If he doesn't have the experience that Leach is looking for than a veteran candidate he may consider is Cougar legend Steve Broussard. The former WSU assistant has also worked at ASU and UCLA and has an excellent reputation as a west coast recruiter. He was most recently with SMU as their running backs coach. Or maybe Leach will surprise everyone and go to the high school ranks for someone like Eastside Catholic's Jeremy Thielbahr or Gonzaga Prep's Dave McKenna. He hired high school coaches on his staff at Texas Tech, so you never know. Of course the most likely hire will come from Leach's gigantic coaching tree. In the end, I'm sure Leach will bring in someone who will be an asset to the staff. It seems like almost every coach in the country is eager to work with the reigning Pac-12 coach of the year.
Who would you guys like to see join the staff?
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