Monday, October 22, 2018
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  • Joey Knight

At least 7 former USF staffers to join Taggart in Tallahassee

At least seven coaches or staffers who worked for new FSU coach Willie Taggart at USF are expected to join him in Tallahassee.

Whether more are hired is uncertain. The NCAA's new measure allowing teams a 10th assistant coach technically becomes effective Tuesday. Based on the confirmations and reports of whom Taggart already has hired, he still has three on-field coaching spots to fill.

The school already has confirmed former Bulls running backs coach Telly Lockette — who spent the previous three seasons at Oregon State — will reunite with Taggart as the Seminoles' tight ends coach.

Five former Bulls staffers who followed Taggart to Oregon — Irele Oderinde, David Kelly, Alonzo Hampton, Raymond Woodie and Donte Pimpleton — also are joining him in Tallahassee, according to various reports and/or their own Twitter handles.

Woodie, with Taggart since his Western Kentucky days, will coach linebackers. Pimpleton will coach running backs, the same job he had at Oregon last year and for two seasons (2015-16) at USF.

Hampton, also a Taggart assistant at Western Kentucky and USF, reportedly will coach defensive backs and special teams after serving in an off-field role with Oregon last season.

Kelly, USF's director of player personnel in 2016 and Oregon's assistant AD of football recruiting operations last season, is following Taggart in a role not yet specified. Oderinde, who had a rocky year at Oregon after three seasons as USF's director of athletic performance, reportedly is joining Taggart at FSU in a similar capacity.

2018 FSU coaching staff
(On-field coaches only)
Harlon Barnett, defensive coordinator
Greg Frey, offensive line
Odell Haggins, defensive line
Alonzo Hampton, defensive backs/special teams
Telly Lockette, tight ends
Donte Pimpleton, running backs
Raymond Woodie, linebackers