USF loses Tom Allen to Indiana
USF coach Willie Taggart has been forced to shake up his coaching staff on one of the busiest recruiting weekends of the year.
The school confirmed early Saturday afternoon Tom Allen has resigned after one highly successful season as Bulls defensive coordinator. The Tampa Bay Times has learned Allen will take the same job at Indiana.
Longtime Taggart assistant Raymond Woodie, the Bulls linebackers/special teams coach last season, will replace Allen.
"Tom notified me Friday that he had accepted an offer to become defensive coordinator at another program,” Taggart said in a USF news release. “We thank Tom for the energy and contributions he brought to our program over the last year and we wish him well as he continues his career.”
Geographically (and presumably, financially) the move makes sense for Allen. An Indiana native, he played for his father at New Castle High (Steve Alford's alma mater) and had coaching stops at the high school and Division II levels in his home state.
The Bulls mostly flourished in his lone season in Tampa. Employing a 4-2-5 scheme to try and neutralize spread attacks, the "Bull Sharks" attack finished fourth in the American Athletic Conference in total defense (380.5 ypg) and recorded 17 interceptions -- third-most in school history -- by nine different players. Its 7.5 tackles for loss per game was tied for 13th nationally.
At Indiana, he'll inherit a unit that ranked 120th of 127 Division I teams in total defense (509.5 ypg) last season. The Hoosiers (6-7) reached the Pinstripe Bowl primarily on the strength of an offense that averaged slightly more than 500 yards.
Woodie, a 42-year-old married father of three who starred at Palmetto High and Bethune-Cookman, has served on Taggart's staffs the past six seasons, at USF and Western Kentucky.
“It didn’t take long to identify Coach Woodie as the right person to lead our defense,” Taggart said in the release.
“He has done a great job developing a strong linebacker unit over the past three years and his positive impact on our special teams was very evident last year. Woodie has tremendously strong relationships with our players, great knowledge of our system and is well prepared to lead our defense.”