Florida State hired Florida native Willie Taggart to be its 10th full-time head football coach on Dec. 5, 2017. Taggart is considered one of the best offensive minds in the country and a relentless recruiter.
“I am truly honored to be selected as the next head coach of the Florida State football program,” Coach Taggart said. “I grew up in a family of Seminole fans, and this is a fantastic opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream while returning to my home state. I want to thank Ed Burr, President Thrasher and Stan Wilcox for trusting me to lead the best program in the country. I understand and embrace the expectations at Florida State and am excited to start working together toward our next championship.”
Taggart returns to the Sunshine State, where he was the head coach at the University of South Florida from 2013-16, after one season as head coach at the University of Oregon. He began his head coaching career at his alma mater, Western Kentucky University, from 2010-12 after serving as an assistant from 1999-2006. Between his tenures at Western Kentucky, he was an assistant coach at Stanford from 2007-09.
“We are really excited to welcome Coach Willie Taggart and his family to Florida State University,” Florida State President John Thrasher said. “Not only do we appreciate his exceptional skills as a coach but also his commitment to developing student-athletes academically. His values are our values, and I’m confident our football program will excel under his leadership.”