Baggett Joins Washington Husky Football Staff
Feb. 28, 2007
SEATTLE - University of Washington head football coach Tyrone Willingham has hired Charlie Baggett, a successful veteran of the college and professional coaching ranks, to serve as an assistant coach responsible for the development and performance of the Husky wide receivers corps.
Baggett will officially begin his duties at Washington tomorrow (Thursday, March 1). His primary geographic recruiting area will be the Tacoma area within the state of Washington and Los Angeles.
"Charlie brings a world of experience to our staff," said Willingham, who was a college roommate of Baggett's at Michigan State. "It is exciting to have someone who is still a young man that can bring his level of experience in the collegiate and professional ranks. He has coached some of the most productive football players in the National Football League and he clearly has a great sense of the offensive passing and running games.
"We wanted to find someone that has a broad background and Charlie gives us that. He is a fantastic coach and he is well-respected by his peers as a coach and as a person."
Baggett, a 1976 graduate of Michigan State University, most recently served two seasons as assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers under Nick Saban at the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. During that time, he coached Chris Chambers to his most productive season of his six-year NFL career. Chambers, who caught 82 passes for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns, became the first Dolphins wide receiver to be named to the Pro Bowl since Irving Fryar in 1994. It marked the ninth time in Baggett's 10 total seasons as an NFL assistant that a receiver put forth a 1,000-yard effort (Minnesota 6, Green Bay 2, Miami 1).
"I am excited about coming to the University of Washington and working with my good friend, teammate, roommate and a guy I respect tremendously in Tyrone," said Baggett, who played against Willingham in high school in North Carolina. "I think he has this program headed in the right direction. In college football nowadays, you are only as good as the players that you recruit. I think Tyrone has proven that he can do that. He has put together an impressive staff here at the University of Washington. Also, (am impressed with) the facilities you have to recruit good football players here and the city of Seattle, which is very easy to recruit to.
"I am excited about being a part of something I can foresee as being a program that we can take to the top. I was very excited when Tyrone offered me the job that I could come in here and contribute what has already been built here in two years at Washington. That is very exciting to me and I am looking forward to it."
Prior to joining the Dolphins, Baggett spent the previous five seasons as wide receivers coach in Minnesota. With the Vikings, Baggett oversaw the development of All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss. Under the first four years of Baggett's tutelage (2000-03), Moss caught 376 passes for 5,649 yards and 49 touchdowns, all of which ranked in the top three in the NFL over this four-year stretch. Overall in Baggett's five seasons with the Vikings, two different receivers made a total of four Pro Bowl appearances (Cris Carter - 2000; Randy Moss - 2000, 2002-03). In 2004, Nate Burleson, a 2003 third-round draft choice, broke through with 68 receptions for 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns.
Baggett joined the Vikings following a one-year stint in the same position with the Green Bay Packers in 1999. In his lone year there, two different Packers surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau, including Antonio Freeman (74-1,074) and Bill Schroeder (74-1,051). Prior to that, he served as wide receivers/associate head coach at Michigan State for four years (1995-98), his second stint with the Spartans, having also coached at the East Lansing school from 1983-92, during which time he tutored both the wide receivers and running backs.
Overall, in his 14 seasons at MSU, Baggett coached such future NFL stars as Daryl Turner, Mark Ingram, Andre Rison, Lorenzo White, Plaxico Burress, Muhsin Muhammad, Derrick Mason and Courtney Hawkins. In between stints at Michigan State was Baggett's first stop as an NFL assistant, when he coached the Houston Oilers' wide receivers from 1993-94. In his first season with the team, Haywood Jeffires, Webster Slaughter and Ernest Givins all ranked among the top 12 in the AFC in receiving, while Jeffires and Slaughter were selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad.
After beginning his collegiate playing career at the University of North Carolina in 1971, Baggett transferred to Michigan State, where he played his final three seasons (1973-75). He started all three years at quarterback for the Spartans, and had his best year as a junior in 1974 when he posted 1,713 total yards and 21 touchdowns, and was named the his team's MVP by the Chicago Tribune. He had a brief stint with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before beginning his collegiate coaching career, tutoring the wide receivers and running backs at Bowling Green in 1977 under former Michigan State head coach Denny Stolz. He served the next four years in that position before moving on to the University of Minnesota as wide receivers coach in 1981. A two-year stay with the Golden Gophers preceded his first stop at Michigan State.
A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Baggett and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Camille.