Taggart: Staff cohesion a spring priority
For all the stability accompanying the Bulls into spring practice (i.e. same offense, same defense, same quarterback), their staff remains a model of perpetual transition.
USF again enters the spring with an overhauled coaching staff. Four newcomers arrive, and some of the holdovers have new roles. During his pre-spring media session Monday, Coach Willie Taggart discussed some of his staff additions and adjustments. Here are some of his comments:
On developing staff cohesion this spring
"I think it's that way every year, especially when you have different people come in and different players. It's always about coming together as a football team and, like you say, getting that cohesiveness. That's gonna be that way every year, but I think for us, now that we've been in a system for a year, both offensively and defensively, now it's just getting better at what we do fundamentally and technically."
On John Jancek (new safeties coach)
"He brings some experience. He's coached at the highest level of college football (defensive coordinator at four Division I programs). He's a great guy, great coach, good teacher, and...if Woodie needs to bounce something off someone, he's got somebody right there who's been in the fire that's done it. ... I think he's gonna be big-time for us on defense and coaching our safeties."
On Shaun King (new quarterbacks coach)
"I knew Shaun for a while, and obviously I knew what he did in the (NFL) and in college. But I think every year you go back and evaluate your team and where you're at and kind of look for things that can help you. I saw Shaun do a little coaching, and talking to him, he understood that position, and things that I felt like we needed I felt like he could bring to our team and help us. We've got to get better in the passing game; Quinton (Flowers) has got to be better (in) pass efficiency, his pass-completion percentage needs to be higher, and I felt like Shaun could help get us there."
On Darren Hiller (new offensive line coach)
"We coached against each other when he was at Arkansas State and I was at Western (Kentucky). And just talking with a good friend of mine, (Ole Miss/former Arkansas State coach) Hugh Freeze, we consistently talked about Darren. I had an opportunity to hire him, and boom. I like what they did at Cincinnati. They did some good things there."
On David Reaves (transitioning from quarterbacks to tight ends/associate head coach)
"It's gonna give ourselves somebody with some experience coaching our tight ends. I think we have two really, really talented tight ends. They need to be well coached because I think they can bring something to this football team that we haven't seen before. I think David will do that, understanding the offense and the passing game, but he also can help me with our coaches off the field, and I expect him to do that as well. He's still part of the offense; our offense is not changing. He's still a part of it, it's just who's necessarily coordinating it and putting things together, we just changed that up a little bit."
2016 USF Football Staff
Willie Taggart: Head coach
Raymond Woodie: Defensive coordinator
Darren Hiller: Co-offensive coordinator (run game)/offensive line
T.J. Weist: Co-offensive coordinator (pass game)/receivers
David Reaves: Associate head coach/tight ends
Eric Mathies: Defensive line/recruiting coordinator
Alonzo Hampton: Cornerbacks/special teams
John Jancek: Safeties
Shaun King: Quarterbacks
Donte Pimpleton: Running backs