When Willie Taggart talks about winning, he has the football credentials to back it up. Simply put, he has winning in his DNA.
As a junior at Manatee High School, he helped win the 5A state championship. As a senior he earned first team all-state and all-conference honors. In college, he revived a Western Kentucky program that was in danger of being permanently abandoned by the school. As the Hilltoppers' head coach, he helped lead the school to a championship caliber program.
Now, he's trying to do the same with the USF Bulls. In order to inject a winning mentality to his new team, he took them back to where the winning all began for him - Manatee High School.
"Not to be cocky or anything but we couldn't try to lose," said former Manatee standout Derrick Calloway. "It's just the way we walk around. We have to win. We have no other way."
On Saturday, the Bulls practiced in front of Willie's family and friends on the field that made him a star. He posted a 26-4 record as a starter at Manatee and just wanted his Bulls, who went 2-10 in his first year as head coach, to see what a winning environment should feel like.
"It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when," said Taggart's college coach, Jack Harbaugh. "And that when is going to come a lot sooner than most think."
10 Sports got full access to Taggart during his trip back to his alma mater. Listen in to what it's like to return as a grown up success story.