To fill the vacancy left as the overseer of running backs, Willie Taggart will draw from the well of former Western Kentucky teammates/assistants to fill it as Delaware State assistant and former WKU standout Donte Pimpleton will take the helm as running backs coach at South Florida for the upcoming season. The school officially announced the hire on Saturday and finally brings a completion to the coaching staff in an offseason full of turnover and changes. “I have had a great relationship with Donte since we were teammates at Western Kentucky,” Taggart said when commenting on the hire. “He is a competitive and hard working individual and we have had a lot of success together. He will be terrific relating to our players on and off the field and we welcome him to the Bulls and The Bay.”
As mentioned before, Taggart’s relationship with Pimpleton carries all the back to the two’s collegiate days executing Western Kentucky’s high powered offense in the late 90’s. Playing running back, wide receiver, and backup QB, Pimpleton would amass 1,425 yards rushing, 165 yards receiving, and 24 total career TDs on his playing career at WKU. Coaching wise, Pimpleton began as an offensive assistant for the Hilltoppers under Taggart from 2010-12 where the staff offensively turned things around and back to back 7-5 regular seasons in the latter two years. Pimpleton would serve as offensive coordinator at division II Kentucky Wesleyan in 2014 before recently accepting the role of RB/TE coach at Delaware State in February.
Pimpleton will be USF’s third running backs coach in five months replacing now Oregon State assistant Telly Lockette and Autry Denson, who was only in Tampa for roughly five weeks before accepting the same position at his alma mater Notre Dame. Pimpleton will a committee of talented backs to work with including second year star Marlon Mack and spring “MVP” Darius Tice.