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.
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