Odell Haggins will serve as associate head coach and defensive line coach on head coach Mike Norvell’s first FSU staff, Norvell announced Monday.
“I’m extremely excited to announce that Coach Odell Haggins will be my first official assistant coach here at Florida State,” Norvell said. “He is an incredible representative of Florida State football, a tremendous leader and teacher and a wonderful man. His knowledge and understanding of the Nole Way will be critical in our pursuit of excellence for this football team on and off the field.”
Haggins has helped FSU post a 246-85-1 (.742) record with 13 ACC titles and two national championships in his time on staff. In recognition of his accomplishments at Florida State, he was inducted in the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2018.
Haggins, who will be in his 27th season as an assistant coach at Florida State in 2020, will be the longest-tenured assistant coach in the country entering next season. Haggins is currently in his second stint as interim head coach for the Seminoles and has a career record of 4-1 entering the Sun Bowl against Arizona State on Dec. 31.
He has led Florida State to bowl eligibility in both tenures as an interim head coach, taking over for the first time on Dec. 1, 2017, and defeating ULM 42-10 the next day as FSU clinched bowl eligibility for an NCAA-record 36th straight year. He then directed a 42-13 win over Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl to finish FSU’s 41st consecutive winning season. He was named interim head coach again on Nov. 3, 2019, and led the Seminoles to wins over Boston College and Alabama State to return FSU to bowl eligibility.
Haggins has repeatedly developed future NFL pros while at Florida State. He has coached 19 defensive linemen that have been selected in the NFL Draft, including first-round selections Brodrick Bunkley in 2006, Travis Johnson in 2005, Corey Simon in 2000 and Andre Wadsworth in 1998. Wadsworth was the No. 3 overall pick and remained the highest-drafted player in FSU history until 2015 when Jameis Winston was selected No. 1 overall. Haggins also coached second-round picks Eddie Goldman and Timmy Jernigan in addition to Pro Bowler Darnell Dockett as well as Larry Smith, Andre Fluellen, Jerry Johnson, Julian Pittman and Letroy Guion.
An established and outstanding recruiter, developer of talent, Haggins is a role model to his players. He earned ACC Top Recruiter of the Year honors from ESPN in 2012. In 2014, Haggins was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com for the fourth consecutive year. He captured the same top-25 mention from 247Sports in 2016.
Haggins and his wife, Robin, have one daughter, Amelia Grace.