Ohio State on Monday announced the hiring of defensive assistant Bill Sheridan, who completes Urban Meyer's new staff with the Buckeyes. Sheridan spent the past seven season as an NFL assistant and also has worked at Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. His son, Nick, played quarterback for Michigan and started some games in 2008.
Sheridan is expected to coach Ohio State's defensive backs.
From the release:
"Bill Sheridan is a perfect fit for our program," Meyer said. "His experiences in the NFL are huge. He has Midwest roots and, most importantly, he wants to be an Ohio State Buckeye. I am really impressed with him and I think he is going to be a terrific addition to our defensive staff as a coach, teacher and as a recruiter."
Sheridan is a native of Detroit and attended Grand Valley State University. A four-year letterman as a linebacker and a 1982 GVSU graduate, he started his coaching career at Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Mich., and then spent 20 seasons, beginning in 1985, in college coaching at seven institutions, including Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
After spending the last seven seasons as an assistant in the NFL, during which time he won a Super Bowl ring in 2007 with the New York Giants, Sheridan is looking forward to this opportunity to coach at Ohio State.
"I can't remember the last time I was more excited to take a job, and for obvious reasons," Sheridan said. "Ohio State has a historic, winning tradition, and I am very excited to be a part of that. And with the tremendous success Urban Meyer has had at each of his schools, I am honored to be a part of his staff."
Sheridan’s arrival gives the Ohio State coaching staff 32 years of NFL coaching/playing experience with Mike Vrabel (14 years playing), Everett Withers (seven years coaching), Stan Drayton (three years coaching) and Luke Fickell (one season as a player) having also experienced the NFL. Sheridan says coaching in college and the pros is a lot more similar than people think.
"The NFL provides an invaluable experience," Sheridan said. "It is a competitive league from a talent level and strategically. But it is coaching just the same. You are still teaching football in the classroom and then you take it to the field and you teach it there."
Sheridan's hiring has been reported for several days. In case you missed it, Brian and I shared our thoughts on Ohio State's new staff earlier today.