Willie Taggart Leaving Oregon After One Season for Florida State
The coaching search is over for Florida State. Willie Taggart confirmed Tuesday to ESPN's Edward Aschoff that he will take over in Tallahassee.
Taggart leaves after spending a lone season at Oregon, where he turned the 7-5 Ducks back into a bowl team after they missed out on postseason play the prior year.
A native of Bradenton, Florida, Taggart began his head-coaching career by turning around Western Kentucky from 2010-2012, before doing the same at South Florida from 2013-2016. His debut years at Western Kentucky and USF both ended with two-win seasons but not only did he turn those schools around, he did so quickly and efficiently. His second and third seasons at Western Kentucky ended with seven wins and a bowl trip in 2012.
Taggart takes over for previous coach Jimbo Fisher who departed for the vacant position at Texas A&M. Fisher's 6-6 record this season was the most losses a Seminole team had racked up under his leadership.
Taggart will be the first full-time African-American head coach at Florida State and was FSU’s first choice to be its next head coach.