Trae Hackett is in his first season as Florida State’s director of player development in 2018 and his ninth working with head coach Willie Taggart.
Hackett, one of three staff members to be with Coach Taggart in every season of his head-coaching career, was a teammate and co-captain with Taggart at Western Kentucky. Hackett oversees all player development initiatives for the football program. His duties include leadership training, career planning and development, financial planning, personal conduct, life skills, accountability and mentorship.
Hackett had the same role at Oregon, where he was the associate athletic director of player development in 2017. He was the assistant director of football operations at South Florida from 2013-16 and at Western Kentucky from 2010-12. In those roles, he helped oversee all aspects of the football program.
Hackett, a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for Western Kentucky from 1995-98, was a quality control coordinator on the Hilltoppers’ coaching staff before entering his administrator roles. During his playing career, Hackett totaled 257 tackles, including 94 as a sophomore and a team-high 79 during his senior season. As a junior, he helped lead Western Kentucky to a 10-2 record. Hackett was an all-state performer at Male High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned three letters and one state championship.
Hackett and his wife, Tara, have one daughter, Taylor, and two sons, Trent and Teagan.