Get to know new Florida State coach Willie Taggart

Florida State has hired its 11th head coach in program history.

Get to know the new Seminoles head coach. 

Willie Taggart

Hometown: Palmetto, FL

Age: 41

Alma Mater: Western Kentucky

Head coaching record: 47-50

Record at Western Kentucky: 16-20

Record at South Florida: 24-25

Record at Oregon: 7-5

TAGGART, YOU'RE IT:

Background:

Taggart grew up in Bradenton, Fla. and played quarterback Manatee High. He lead the Hurricanes to the state title game as a senior in 1993, and signed to play quarterback at Western Kentucky under Jack Harbaugh.

He was a four-year starter at Western Kentucky and earned All-American honors his senior year in 1998.

Immediately following his senior year, Taggart got his first coaching job at Western Kentucky in 1999 coaching wide receivers. In 2000, he took over the quarterback coaching position.

From 2001-02, Taggart was the Co-OC and quarterbacks coach for the Hilltoppers before being promoted to assistant head coach from 2003-2006.

Taggart left Western Kentucky in 2007 to take the running back coaching position at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh. He worked under Harbaugh until 2009 when he went back to Western Kentucky as the head coach.

When he got there, the Hilltoppers had lost 20 straight games, including an 0-12 season the year before. He went 2-10 his first year, but then turned in two 7-5 campaigns in 2011 and 2012.

He left Western Kentucky to take the head coaching job at USF.

The Bulls were 8-16 in the two years prior to him arriving. It took a couple years for Taggart to turn the program around – he went 2-10 in his first year and 4-8 in his second – but then put together an 8-5 season in his third year.

In 2016, Taggart put together the first 10-win season in program history – The Bulls went 10-2 with losses to Florida State and Temple – before taking the Oregon head coaching job.

The Ducks had finished 4-8 in 2016 -- just two years removed from an appearance in the National Championship Game – and he led them to a 7-5 season despite losing starting quarterback Justin Herbert for five games.

He becomes the 11th head coach and the second African American coach – including interim head coach Odell Haggins – in program history.

Tallahassee Democrat


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