T.J. Weist joined the USF staff in January of 2016 and was promoted to interim head coach on Dec. 7 following the departure of Willie Taggart for Oregon. As co-offensive coordinator he also oversees the Bulls' passing game and works directly with USF's wide receivers.
He had previously worked for six highly successful seasons with USF Head Coach Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky where the pair helped guide the Hilltoppers to the 2002 I-AA NCAA National Championship.
Weist has coached wide receivers at eight different Division I programs and prior to coming to USF served as a senior offensive analyst for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan in 2015.
A former Alabama wide receiver, Weist began his career as a graduate assistant first for the Crimson Tide (1988-89) and then Michigan (1990-93) coaching wide receivers at both stops, including helping to guide current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard to the 1991 Heisman Trophy with the Wolverines. U-M reached four postseason bowl games during his tenure, including two Rose Bowl appearances.
Howard is among 23 wide receivers Weist has guided to NFL careers during a coaching career that now spans more than 25 years.
In 2013, Weist went to UConn as offensive coordinator/wide receivers and was elevated to interim head coach four games into the 2013 season. He continued to serve as offensive coordinator and coach wide receivers. Under Weist, the Huskies closed the season with three consecutive wins, scoring 28 or more points in each game, including a season-high 45 points in the team's victory over Memphis in the season finale. In that contest, Huskies quarterback Casey Cochran set a school single-game record with 461 passing yards, and wide receiver Geremy Davis notched a program-record 15 catches for a career-high 207 yards. Davis finished the season with 1,085 receiving yards, becoming the first 1,000-yard receiver for UConn in 15 years.
In 2010, Weist became wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Cincinnati where he helped the Bearcats win two Big East championships and post two bowl victories in his three seasons.
In 2010, he coached a pair of All-Big East Conference selections in Armon Binns (first team) and D.J. Woods (second team), as the duo were the No. 1 and 2 ranked receivers in the Big East. The Bearcats were the only NCAA FBS school to have two wide receivers with 15 or more 20-yard receptions in 2010. The Bearcats led the conference in scoring offense (27.1 ppg), total offense (417.3 ypg) and passing offense (260.7 ypg).
In 2011, Cincinnati averaged 385 yards of total offense per game and scored an average of 33.3 points per game on the way to a Big East Conference championship and a win in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over Vanderbilt.
In 2012, he helped lead the Bearcats to a 10-3 record and a 48-34 victory over Duke in the Belk Bowl, serving as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator in the bowl game as the Bearcats gained 554 yards of total offense.
Weist joined Jack Harbaugh’s WKU coaching staff in 2002 as a wide receivers/running backs coach and would spend the next eight seasons on the hill.
He teamed with Taggart, then the co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, to help lead the Hilltopper’s to the 2002 NCAA Division I-AA Championship in his first season. The pair would spend six seasons working together at WKU. Weist served as offensive coordinator from 2003-06, when Taggart was promoted to assistant head coach under head coach David Elson, and then as assistant head coach from 2007-09, after Taggart left to coach with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford.
As offensive coordinator in 2006, WKU ranked 23rd in the country in total offense, also finishing 17th in pass-efficiency rating while posting more than 4,000 total yards for the fifth consecutive season. Weist helped direct an offense that averaged 405.73 yards per game in 2005 while scoring more than 30 points a game. The Hilltoppers ranked in the top 30 nationally in four different categories.
Weist served as wide receivers coach at Indiana from 1997-2001, where he also coached return units on special teams and served as the Hoosiers' recruiting coordinator his first two years. He has also coached wide receivers on staffs at Tulsa (1996) and Southern Illinois (1994-95).
A native of Bay City, Michigan, Weist was a wide receiver at Alabama from 1985-87, taking part in three postseason bowl games and lettering as a senior. He earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1988 and then completed a master’s degree in exercise physiology one year later.
Weist and his wife Karen have a son, James (7) and infant twin daughters, Karrington and Samantha.