Taggart was born Aug. 27, 1976 in Bradenton, Fla., where he played Manatee HS and was an all-state selection. He was given a scholarship to Western Kentucky graduating in 1998 as a quarterback where his collegiate number was retired in his honor for the accomplishments on the field.
Following his playing days at WKU where he also served as a graduated assistant, he then moved on to Stanford in 2006 as running backs’ coach for Jim Harbaugh coaching Toby Gerhart, a player that wreaked havoc on the Ducks.
From Stanford Taggart went back to WKU for the 2011-12 seasons as Head Coach compiling a 13-11 record. He then took the South Florida job in 2013. His record as a head coach stands now at 40-45.
Taggart is married and with his wife Taneshia have three children, Willie Jr., Jackson and daughter Morgan.