One of the biggest criticisms surrounding Jimbo Fisher during his time at Florida State was his refusal to make necessary changes to his coaching staff. Fisher’s staff was stale, out of touch with kids, and ultimately played a part in the Seminoles’ disappointing 7-6 2017 campaign.
As we showed last season, Florida State’s 2017 staff was nearly a decade older than some of its rivals’ staffs. While programs like Miami, Clemson, and Georgia were hiring young, up-and-coming coaches, FSU’s staff had remained pretty much the same since the 2013 season.
But not anymore.
Willie Taggart’s first staff at Florida State is complete, and the 41-year old head coach has brought some fresh faces to Tallahassee. As a young coach himself, Taggart has assembled his staff both with people he has worked with before at places like South Florida and Oregon, but also with talented coaches from other places like Michigan State and Maryland.
Let’s take a look at how FSU’s new coaching staff compares with the previous regime.
2018 FSU staff vs. 2017 staff
Taggart’s first staff, on average, is nearly a decade younger than Fisher’s final staff at Florida State. This puts the Seminoles closer to rival programs who have been getting younger as well.
As we’ve previously discussed, the prior regime was fairly absent from social media aside from tight ends coach Tim Brewster. On the flip side, the current staff is very active on social media, including from the head coach himself and his #DoSomething movement.
The future of Florida State’s program looks bright, especially with Taggart’s young and enthusiastic coaching staff. In this day and age of social media, expect to see many of FSU’s new coaches active on Twitter as they continue to rebuild #Tribe18 and prepare for a better 2018 season.