TAMPA - The University of South Florida made the official announcement Saturday afternoon that Willie Taggart is the new head football coach for the university.
Judy Genshaft, USF president, welcomed the new coach to the university saying "we have quite a winner in coach Taggart."
The 36-year-old Taggart is the third coach to lead the Bulls. The announcement comes a week after Skip Holtz was fired from the position after one of the school's worst football seasons on record.
Taggart was the head coach for Western Kentucky University. WKU had lost 20 games in a row before Taggart took over. He turned the team around and lead them to a bowl game.
After a 2-10 record with the team in 2010, Taggart led the Hilltoppers to consecutive records of 7–5, making them bowl-eligible in both 2011 and 2012. The Hilltoppers will play Central Michigan in the Little Ceasars Bowl on December 26.
The new head coach took the podium with enthusiasm starting off with a "Go Bulls!"
Taggart said he was excited to be back in town and close to family again. He is originally from Palmetto, Florida where he played football for Bradenton Manatee High School. He went on to be the running back at WKU.
He saw USF as an opportunity where he could lead a team to a championship.
"I can see we are going to do great things here," Taggart said.