Willie Taggart accepts coaching gig at So. Florida

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Willie Taggart became the latest coach to leave his current gig to accept a mentoring job at another school.

Taggart has decided to leave Western Kentucky and accept an offer to coach South Florida’s football squad, according to sources.

Taggart will take over the post left by Skip Holtz, who was fired by the Bulls after finishing 3-9 this season.

In his third season, the 36-year-old Taggart led Western Kentucky to a 7-5 record and a spot in the Little Caesars Bowl. It was the school’s first bowl appearance since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2008.

After taking over a program that went 0-12, Taggart turned Western Kentucky into a winner. In his first season in 2009, Taggart posted a 2-10 record but finished 7-5 the past two years.

Aside from coaching the Hilltoppers, Taggart coached Stanford’s running backs, including Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart, from 2007-09.

Taggart played quarterback at Western Kentucky and was an assistant there until 2006. He attended Tampa-area Bradenton Manatee High School.

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