Odell Haggins Jr. (born February 27, 1967) is an American football coach and former player. He has been on the Florida State Seminoles coaching staff since 1994, nearly all of it spent coaching the defensive tackle position. Haggins has also served as associate head coach since 2014, and has twice been named interim head coach. He led the Seminoles for the final two games of the 2017 season and the final four games of the 2019 season (both including bowl games).[1][2]

Odell Haggins
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Current position
TitleAssistant head coach/Defensive line coach
TeamFlorida State
ConferenceACC
Record4–2
Biographical details
Born (1967-02-27) February 27, 1967 (age 52)
Lakeland, Florida
Alma materFlorida State (1993)
Playing career
1988–1990Florida State
1990San Francisco 49ers
1991–1992Buffalo Bills
Position(s)Defensive tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1995Florida State (TE/OL)
1996–2013Florida State (DT)
2014–2018Florida State (AHC/DT)
2017Florida State (interim HC)
2019–presentFlorida State (AHC/DL)
2019Florida State (interim HC)
Head coaching record
Overall4–2
Bowls1–1
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
All-American (1989)

A native of Bartow, Florida, Haggins was an All-American defensive lineman for the Seminoles. He played for Florida State from 1985 to 1989 under Bobby Bowden.[3]

Haggins was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the ninth round, 248th overall, of the 1990 NFL Draft. After three years in the NFL with the 49ers and the Bills,[4] Haggins returned to Florida State as tight ends and offensive line coach under Bowden.[3][5] He remained on the staff of Bowden's successor, Jimbo Fisher, when he became head coach for the 2010 season. In 2014, Haggins was promoted to associate head coach.[6]

In 2017, Haggins went 2–0 as interim head coach when Fisher resigned, leading the Seminoles into bowl eligibility with a win their final regular season game, followed by a 42–13 win over Southern Miss in the 2017 Independence Bowl.[3]

Haggins was again retained by new coach Willie Taggart when he was hired for the 2018 season. When Taggart was fired midway through the 2019 season, Haggins was again named interim coach for the final 3 regular season games; the team went 2–1 during that stretch, bringing its overall season record to 6–6 and again reaching a bowl game.[1]

In December 2019, new FSU head coach Mike Norvell announced Haggins would be the first assistant coach hired to join his staff. The 2020 season will be his 27th as assistant coach at FSU, making him the longest-tenured assistant coach in the country.[1] Norvell will be the fourth head coach to employ Haggins on the FSU staff.

In 2018, Haggins was selected for the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.[7]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Florida State Seminoles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2017)
2017 Florida State 2–0* 0–0* 6th (Atlantic) W Independence
Florida State Seminoles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2019)
2019 Florida State 2–2** 1–0** T–3rd (Atlantic) L Sun
Florida State: 4–2 1–0
Total: 4–2

*Haggins served as interim coach after Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M on December 1, 2017.
**Haggins served as interim coach after Willie Taggart was fired on November 3, 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Odell Haggins Named First Assistant On Norvell's Staff". Florida State Seminoles. December 9, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "FSU's Odell Haggins to serve as Interim Head Coach for Louisiana-Monroe game". Tomahawk Nation. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Torres, Luis. "Veteran FSU assistant Odell Haggins a natural fit to lead Seminoles through adversity". orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "49ers to keep backfield in motion against Redskins". San Francisco Chronicle. August 16, 1992.
  5. ^ http://www.replaytheseries.com/pages/landing_catholic?blockID=108787&tagID=15955
  6. ^ "Odell Haggins". Florida State Seminoles. June 29, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Smits, Garry. "Haggins voted into Florida State Hall of Fame". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved December 16, 2019.

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