EUGENE, Ore. – Willie Taggart added a third member to his coaching staff when he announced the hiring of Donte Pimpleton as running backs coach on Wednesday.
Prior to joining the Ducks, Pimpleton spent two seasons as the running backs coach under Taggart at South Florida. While helping the Bulls post a program-best 11-2 record in 2016, Pimpleton mentored a rushing attack that ranked second in the nation with 6.51 rushing yards per carry, fifth with 285.3 rushing yards per game and 11th in total offense with 511.5 yards per game while setting school records in rushing yards, total offense, scoring (43.8 ppg) and touchdowns (77). Pimpleton was instrumental in grooming running back Marlon Mack, the school’s all-time leading rusher.
Pimpleton worked with Taggart for the first time in 2010 at Western Kentucky, where they first met as teammates during their playing days, starting as an offensive quality control assistant for two seasons. Pimpleton then served as wide receivers coach in 2012 for WKU, helping the Hilltoppers to their first-ever bowl appearance.
Following his coaching stint at WKU, Pimpleton worked at Kentucky Wesleyan for two years before going to Delaware State, first as wide receivers coach in 2013 and then as offensive coordinator in 2014. The team broke 10 team offensive records and saw individuals set 13 school records with Pimpleton at the helm in 2014. Pimpleton was hired as running backs and tight ends coach at Delaware State in February 2015 before going to USF in April of 2015.
Pimpleton got his start in collegiate coaching in 2009 under Charlie Strong at Louisville as an offensive quality control assistant. Before that, he worked in high school coaching for five seasons including a two-year stint as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Doss High School from 2007-08.
A quarterback and wide receiver with a versatile skillset during his playing days from 1997-2001, Pimpleton formed his relationship with Taggart as his teammate at Western Kentucky. Pimpleton went on to log 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground to go with 13 receptions for 165 yards and four touchdowns and two touchdowns passing in a run-heavy offense during a career that saw him start at both quarterback and wide receiver. He earned honorable mention All-Gateway Conference honors in 2001 and led WKU to an Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2000.
Pimpleton graduated from WKU in 2002 with a degree in business and communications, and played in the Arena Football League for three seasons (2002-04) following graduation. He then went on to play in the American Indoor Football League for two seasons (2005-06) before committing to a coaching career.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Pimpleton was an all-state quarterback at Fern Creek High School and set a school record as a senior with 1,551 passing yards and 18 touchdowns to go with more than 700 rushing yards.