Willie Taggart’s plans to be head coach were forged as Stanford assistant

When Oregon head coach Willie Taggart’s playing career ended (he was a star quarterback at Western Kentucky), he always had designs on wanting to be a head coach.

That path led him to Palo Alto in 2006, where he became the running backs coach under then head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Saturday, he makes a return to The Farm for the first time as a head coach, as Oregon takes on Stanford at 8 p.m. PT. For Taggart it’s also a chance to reunite with David Shaw, his colleague at Stanford under Harbaugh. According to Andrew Greif of The Oregonian, Shaw was an instrumental figure in his development as a coach.

“Great guy,” Taggart told Greif earlier this week. “Learned a lot of football from David Shaw while I was (at Stanford) and we kept in touch ever since. He’s been a good friend and someone I call on, especially when getting this job and talking more about the Pac-12.”

There’s no doubt the pleasantries will be laid to rest once the teams take the field, as both Oregon and Stanford are 4-2 and need the win to keep pace with Washington in the Pac-12 North division.

The post Willie Taggart’s plans to be head coach were forged as Stanford assistant appeared first on Diehards.

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

X