Posted: 6:08 pm Friday, January 24th, 2014

Bulldogs make official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as ‘defensive assistant’ 

By Chip Towers

UPDATE: UGA finally made official the hiring of Kevin Sherrer as a “defensive assistant” coach.

The AJC reported on Wednesday that Sherrer had been tabbed to join the staff of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Sherrer is expected to coach either inside or outside linebackers or both for the Bulldogs, according to persons familiar with the hiring. But Friday’s news release from Georgia did not specify beyond “defensive assistant.”

The Bulldogs two more vacancies left on the staff. They’re expected to fill them with either a defensive line coach, special teams coordinator and/or outside linebackers coach.

Following is the news released circulated by UGA Friday evening:

Kevin Sherrer, defensive coordinator at South Alabama in 2013, has been named a defensive assistant at the University of Georgia, according to an announcement Friday by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

Sherrer, who served as Director of Player Development at Alabama for three years prior to joining the South Alabama staff, coached defensive backs for the Jaguars. The 2013 South Alabama defense ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in total defense (384.3 yards per game) and second in scoring defense (25.2 points per game).

“I’m excited about Kevin joining our staff,” Richt said. “He has worked with Jeremy Pruitt at both Hoover High School and Alabama, and they already have a great relationship that will translate well to the field. Kevin is an exceptional football coach who cares about his players and is going to be a tremendous asset to our program.\

At Alabama, Sherrer’s responsibilities included assisting Crimson Tide student-athletes with academics, community outreach and their personal lives. During his tenure, UA posted a 35-5 (87.5%) mark while winning the BCS national title in 2011 and 2012 and the 2012 Southeastern Conference championship.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with Coach Richt and UGA and be back with Jeremy (Pruitt, defensive coordinator) and Will (Friend, offensive line coach) from my playing days at Alabama,” said Sherrer. “Georgia is a great state that I’ve recruited, I know the type of players and the coaches in this area. I’m looking forward to doing my part to make Georgia a championship team.”

Prior to joining the staff at Alabama, Sherrer was an assistant coach at Hoover (Ala.) High for five years, including serving as defensive coordinator the final three. In his first season on the staff, the Buccaneers claimed the state 6A championship, a feat they would repeat in 2009, while in two of his other three years with the program HHS advanced to the title game. While Sherrer was on the staff, the Buccaneers posted a 61-12 (83.6%) record.

Sherrer was also the defensive backs coach at Spain Park (Ala.) High School from 2001-04, where he helped the Jaguars win 16 games his last two seasons after going 3-7 in the school’s first-ever year competing in football. SPHS finished 7-4 the following fall after qualifying for the state 6A playoffs, while in 2004 the Jaguars advanced to the quarterfinals en route to a 9-4 overall mark.

He got his start in the coaching ranks as an assistant at Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High during the 1996 and ’97 seasons; Sherrer helped lead the Wildcats to the state 6A championship in his second year on the staff as well, as they would go 21-6 (77.8%) during his tenure with the program.

He was also a graduate assistant at Alabama from 1998-2000, assisting on defense while also helping to coordinate scout teams, video breakdown and on-campus recruiting. The Tide won the 1999 SEC title and played in the Orange Bowl that season, also participating in the Music City Bowl during that three-year span.

Sherrer was a tight end for the Crimson Tide from 1993-95, during which time Alabama recorded a 29-7-1 (79.7%) overall mark while winning the SEC Western Division title twice. UA ended the 1993 campaign 9-3-1 after defeating North Carolina 24-10 in the Gator Bowl, and the next season put together a 12-1 record following a 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl to end the year.

He is a 1996 graduate of Alabama with a degree in physical education, and he earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from the school in 2000. Sherrer and his wife Carrie have twin 13-year-old sons, Kaleb and Kyle.

 

68 comments
ATL89
ATL89

I like him, sounds like a good hire,#GODAWGS!!

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

What in the heck is Coach Rick thinking hiring Rocker? Don't Rick know about the trouble Rocker got in while with the Braves. Rocker was nothing but a hot head and proved to be a racist. Plus when the game was on the line, he was not reliable. As far as I know, Rocker only played baseball so why in the heck would Rick hire him to coach my beloved Dogs? We are going down down down.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

funny, the man hasn't even started the job and all the Einstein's know how long he will stay...amazing...welcome T-Rocker...go dogs

Dawg350
Dawg350

Jeff 53

You will be 103 before tech beats UGA again! Hahahahaha!

Jeff53
Jeff53

Who cares.......UGA still Sucks. Puppy Nation

Dawg350
Dawg350

I predict Tracy rocker will be at UGA for a long time....in about 5 years he will be our DC! Rocker is an upgrade over garner and Wilson.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

According to the Athens Banner, Tracy Rocker has accepted an offer to be our defensive line coach. Good hire and welcome to the Dawg nation.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

MUSCLECAR

Other than the Coordinators does anyone really expect Position Coaches to stay around more than 2 years.I do hope that Rocker was given a two year contract. The only question I wanted answered is Rocker at least as good as Wilson.  I think the answer is yes , even better. Look at the three Coaches we are losing and the three we are gaining. Enough said. 

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

@ KeepOnSmilingWetWillie



I have a 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP.


Very rare car that will be a collectors item soon.


LS3 - CORVETTE ENGINE


I have had many American Muscle Cars such as SRT8, 1996 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS SUPER NATURAL CALLOWAY SS, FORD LIGHTNING, PONTIAC FIREHAWK and the list goes on and on.


Have never been much of a European car fan.



American Muscle is the way to go.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Musclecar...I sill have my 1970 Nova SS 396 Mom and Pop bought me. Dad and I screwed up when we ordered the car and got the350 horse instead of the 375 package. Most everyone was into the Chevelle SS 396 at that time.

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

Do not get to comfortable with TRACY ROCKER.



Look at this BOMB SHELL he put out after he left AWBARN:







“After coaching 17 years of college ball I have aspirations as a coach, and it’s not just to sit there at my alma mater and just be there,” Rocker told The Tennessean.  “At Auburn, I’d already had success as a player and then to come in an win the SEC and national championship in my second year, and to have (Nick Fairley) win the Lombardi Award… my wife kind of asked me, ‘What else do you think you need to do at Auburn?’ and I aid, ‘I don’t know’

“All of a sudden, this thing happens with the Titans, so I guess that was the new calling.  For me, it’s definitely a dream come true.”

Rocker also made it clear that he won’t spend much time missing recruiting.

“You stay out on the road a lot, and then when you’re in meetings, if a kid calls, you’ve got to take the call.  You can’t say, ‘We’ll get you some other time.”

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

Story on ROCKER is he needed a job.


NFL is where he wants to be. He does not like to recruit. He will be gone in  a year or two.

POAD2013
POAD2013

How many hours and other outlet will report on the ROCKER hire before the AJC posts something?

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

UGA hired Tracy Rocker so the birds are saying...good hire...not much on recruiting so they say but a great coach.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Great hire and a smart hire. It's great to be a Georgia Bulldog. Tech, not so much.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Coach Stallings with 3 assistant coaches on the UGA staff. Football is serious business to them(us) rednecks. Good folks no doubt.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

If we win at football, we win for that year. It doesn't matter about gymnastics, basketball, swimming, polo, or any other sport. Only football.

TampGator1
TampGator1

UGA out to get ALL the ex-Bama associated coaches.  Who is next?  I hear Tim Davis is available.


@DawgGawn.....

Did you take note of Buckeye's post about what happened in the Florida gym last night?  Down goes Georgia basketball?  Down goes Georgia gymnastics.  Go Gators.  Yeah...I know...this is a football blog.


gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Glad to see he is not engaged to one of the students at South Alabama. Maybe he can give CJP some relationship advice.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Princess......so I take it that you know all the other college assistant football coaches in America but Sherrer.  Can you say groupie!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Buckeye are you following the GymDawgs since football is over?

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

No. 6 #UGA Gym Dogs fall to No. 3 Florida 198.050-196.700.


NOOOOOOOOO

graphite
graphite

The Dawg pound will be better now that the Alabama connection is there. What Ga. coach has left and gone to another as a winning H.C. or top asst.?

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@SlawDawg


Why would a Georgie tek fan log onto AJ-C and post posts under the handle "slaw" when one might think you have something to discuss about your own sorry team, right ?  So, by doing this, you admit your team is no good to even want to talk about ?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350 are you Smoking or Drinking the GOOD STUFF the Uga players love so much?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@MUSCLECAR 

Position Coaches only have a few years to make a name for themselves before they are passed over. While Recruiting,  these men don't have much of a personal life so the Coach and the Family want to know that the sacrifice they all are making is not in vain. If it gets us better Recruits and more win then we will take whatever years Rocker will give us.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@POAD2013 johnny, AJC is doing that to make the trolls go crazy waiting...the trolls are sitting idly by their computer drooling, wating on the story to come out so they can trash the hire...you know, give them something to do...have value in their existence....poetic justice I call it...go dogs

keendaddy
keendaddy

Rocker, good name recognition and motivator. Should end up as great Recruiter too!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tampa

Maybe your new coaches will teach your lineman not to block each other during the games! Lol!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@TampGator1 T-Gator, you're the last person that needs to be to be ragging on someone about coaches...go dogs

Lambert Dawg
Lambert Dawg

@TampGator1 That's because all you other SEC teams have taken our coaches i.e. Muschamp and Kirby..

Tampa2
Tampa2

@THEBuckeye 

YES, exactly!  Once again, you're ahead of your time.  Every GAY man keeps up with gymnastics.  You've found a way to avoid paying subscription to Gay Match.com

I'll bet your inbox is full of eligible young phudge packer responses.

You'd better stock up on the KY jelly! 

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@graphite got a Georgia boy leading your defense...troll on crap-hite...go dogs

Tampa2
Tampa2

@THEBuckeye 

YOU Mr. KY

You're the man!   Well, not really a man....but you know what I mean.  

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeye


K Y if you don't know who Kirby Smart is you should find another pastime!!!!!!!!!  You go KY Jelly Boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dewnsav

Trolls? You mean people that like College Football more than the NFL? 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

King...not all the coaches like to recruit all the time. Kevin Steele left Bama due to the demands of being on the road all the time (reason why Nick hired him to start with). Pat Dye bought him to come to the crop facilty and now UGA will get to pay him as well....just kidding of course.

keendaddy
keendaddy

gtcaryd,

Why, did you just get back from Colorado?

Tampa2
Tampa2

@THEBuckeye@gtcaryd 

Are you having any luck picking up eligible young phudge packers like yourself on this blog?  

Tampa2
Tampa2

@POAD2013@LowcountryBulldawg 

Yes exactly....and the same staff a GT.  12 of 13!

You and Bucky better bundle up tight together!  It's gonna be cold again....you boys had better warm up the KY!.  

Tampa2
Tampa2

@THEBuckeye@Dewnsav@gtcaryd 

What a clever idea.....using a sport's blog like your own Gay Match.com.  You're the only dude on here with your pic....it leaves no doubt you're "light in the loafers"



Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@THEBuckeye @Dewnsav @gtcaryd a boxscore TEAM trumps an individual player...box score buckeyes, padding their record and stats against weak competition year in and year out...biggest FRAUDS in college football...troll on bro...gotta run, have a nice day...go dogs