Michael Francis Sherman (born December 19, 1954) is an American gridiron football coach and former player who most recently was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2000 to 2005. Sherman led the Packers to five consecutive winning seasons from 2000–04 and three divisional titles in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He was also the head football coach at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2011. He has also been a coach in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins. Before he started coaching in the NFL, he served as an assistant coach at five different colleges, including Texas A&M, where he coached the offensive line for seven seasons. He is one of only a few coaches that has been a head coach at the high school, college, CFL and NFL level.
Sherman in 2003
|Born:||December 19, 1954|
|High school:||Northborough (MA) Algonquin|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||NFL: 57–39 (.594)|
NCAA: 25–25 (.500)
CFL: 5–13 (.278)
|Postseason:||NFL: 2–4 (.333)|
Bowl games: 0–2 (.000)
CFL: 0–0 (–)
|Career:||NFL: 59–43 (.578)|
NCAA: 25–27 (.481)
CFL: 5–13 (.278)
|Coaching stats at PFR|
- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Coaching career
- 3 Head coaching record
- 4 Coaching tree
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life and familyEdit
Sherman was born in 1954 in Norwood, Massachusetts. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Sherman spent his life in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, the southernmost neighborhood in Boston. He lived there with his parents, Claire and Frank Sherman, his two sisters, Sandra and Cynthia, and his two brothers, George and Frank. His extended family members, who lived nearby, were devout Green Bay Packers fans and have dutifully followed Sherman's career. Sherman was also raised in Northborough, Massachusetts, where he attended Algonquin Regional High School, playing for the football team.
Sherman earned a scholarship to play at Central Connecticut State University, where he played defensive end and offensive tackle. He majored in English. Though he was considered to be an average player with limited abilities in college, he was noted for his strong commitment. Right after college, Sherman became an English teacher and an assistant football coach, serving at Stamford High School in Connecticut in 1978 and at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts from 1979 to 1980.
Sherman's father worked for a pipe company in New England and retired in 1991. Both his parents live on Cape Cod, where his father still does consulting work. Sherman has been married to his wife Karen since 1982, and the couple have five children together. Sherman is the father-in-law of Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who is married to his oldest daughter.
Sherman and his family reside on Cape Cod. A former reading and special education teacher, Karen is a very active member on the West Dennis Library Board of Trustees.
Sherman started out his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was part of Jackie Sherrill's staff from 1981 to 1982. While at Pittsburgh, Sherman wasn't able to afford an apartment; instead, he slept on a cot in Pitt Stadium. After his stay at Pittsburgh, Sherman then coached the offensive line at Tulane from 1983 to 1984, and later moved to Holy Cross, where he coached the offensive line from 1985 to 1987 before becoming the offensive coordinator for the 1988 season.
From 1989 to 1993, Sherman coached the Texas A&M offensive line. During the 1992–93 season, he met retired head coach Gary Kubiak, who had coached the A&M running backs. In 1994, Sherman left Texas A&M to coach the UCLA offensive line, which included former Baltimore Ravens pro bowler Jonathan Ogden. Sherman later returned to Texas A&M to coach the offensive line again for the 1995–96 seasons. Under Sherman, the Aggie offense averaged over 400 yards of total offense four times of his seven seasons at A&M. The 1990 Aggie team set a school record of 471.1 yards per game. Sherman also helped the Aggies to win three Southwest Conference championships consecutively from 1991 to 1993. Additionally, he recruited Leeland McElroy, who would become one of the Aggies' top 10 all-time leading running backs.
On December 20, 1996, A&M head coach R. C. Slocum promoted Sherman to offensive coordinator to replace dismissed Steve Ensminger. Months later, Sherman resigned to start his professional coaching career as the assistant offensive line and tight ends coach for the Green Bay Packers. When asked by a reporter why he chose to accept the Green Bay job, Sherman responded: "There is absolutely no other college job I would have left Texas A&M for and only one professional job that I've ever had any interest in and that being the Green Bay Packers. I've enjoyed the small-town atmosphere of College Station for my family, and Green Bay offers that same atmosphere. If the truth be told, there is not a whole lot of difference between an `Aggie' and a `Cheesehead." He served the position for the 1997–98 seasons. After Packers head coach Mike Holmgren resigned to accept the Seattle Seahawks head coach position, Holmgren hired Sherman to become the offensive coordinator for the 1999 season.
Green Bay PackersEdit
In 2000, Sherman became the head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He led the Packers to five consecutive winning seasons from 2000 to 2004. From 2002 to 2004, he led the Packers to three consecutive NFC North Division titles. From 2000–04, he compiled a 53–27 record, and a .663 winning percentage, which was the second highest in Packers history, trailing that of Vince Lombardi's, who is one of the most successful coaches in the history of football. Additionally, Green Bay and the Philadelphia Eagles were the only two teams to make the playoffs for four consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2004.
An offensive-minded coach, Sherman led the Packers to break franchise records for rushing in 2003 and passing in 2004. In 2003, Packers quarterback Brett Favre led the NFL in touchdown passes, in addition to setting a franchise record for rushing yardage. The 2003 team also gained a total of 442 points, which is the fourth most in franchise history (560 in 2011, 461 in 2009, 456 in 1996, when the team won the Super Bowl).
Despite receiving a contract extension earlier in the 2005 season, Sherman was fired by the Packers on January 2, 2006, after compiling a 4–12 record — Green Bay's first losing record since the 1991 season (it was also Sherman's only losing season during his Packers tenure). The Packers had lost pro bowlers Javon Walker, Bubba Franks and Ahman Green to injured reserve early in the season.
In his six-year head coaching career with the Packers from 2000 to 2005, Sherman compiled a 57–39 regular season record and a 2–4 postseason record. Sherman used the West Coast offense at Green Bay.
Sherman succeeded Ron Wolf as general manager (GM) of the Packers in 2001, taking on the dual role of head coach and general manager. Although the promotion of Sherman to GM was made prior to the 2001 NFL Draft, Wolf handled the draft duty in 2001. Sherman brought in three of the core players that were on the Packers 2010 roster. He drafted Nick Barnett, Scott Wells, and acquired Cullen Jenkins as a rookie free agent after the 2003 draft.
In 2005 the Packers hired Ted Thompson from the Seattle Seahawks to take over Sherman's general manager duties, although Sherman remained the Packers' head coach for one more season, before being fired.
The Houston Texans hired Sherman as the assistant head coach/offense coach on February 15, 2006. On January 17, 2007, he was promoted to offensive coordinator, and remained as assistant head coach. In the 2006 season, the Texans' regular season offense ranked 28th out of 32 NFL teams. In the 2007 season, Sherman's first year as the offensive coordinator, the Texans' regular season offense improved to a ranking of 14.
The Texans finished the 2006 season with a 6–10 record. In 2007, they finished with an 8–8 record.
Texas A&M AggiesEdit
Sherman became the head coach of the Texas A&M football team in November 2007. He signed a seven-year contract that at the time paid him $1.8 million annually. Sherman abandoned the zone read option offense run by former A&M coach Dennis Franchione, and installed a pro-style offense similar to those used in the NFL. He uses a balanced offense run primarily out of pro-style formations.
After two straight losing seasons, the Aggies started the 2010 season 3–3 but won their final six games to finish 9–3 and earn a share of the Big 12 South Division title. After the 2010 season, he signed a contract extension through the 2015 season. His salary was raised to $2.2 million.
In 2011, the Aggies began as a top 10 ranked team, but fell out of the polls after losing four games, three of which had double-digit half-time leads. Three of those four losses were to teams later ranked among the top ten in the nation. On November 19, 2011, the Aggies defeated Kansas by a score of 61–7 and became bowl-eligible for a third straight season. Five days later, on November 24, 2011, they would lose at home to the University of Texas 27–25 on a last-second field goal, in what would likely be the last game of the rivalry. It was the Aggies' sixth loss of the season, and the fifth in which they held a second-half lead of two or more scores.
Sherman was fired by Texas A&M on December 1, 2011.
The Dolphins hired Sherman as offensive coordinator on January 27, 2012.
On April 27, 2012, the Dolphins drafted Ryan Tannehill with the 8th overall pick. Sherman coached Tannehill at Texas A&M and was instrumental in the decision-making leading to the Dolphins selecting Tannehill.
On January 6, 2014, the Dolphins fired Sherman after an 8–8 season and ending the 2013 season ranked as the 27th best offense in the league.
Nauset Regional High SchoolEdit
In May 2015, Nauset Regional High School announced Sherman would take over as head football coach following the resignation of coach Keith Kenyon, who became the new assistant principal. After compiling a 4–18 record over two seasons, Sherman resigned in May 2017.
Your Call FootballEdit
In November 2017, it was announced that Sherman had joined Your Call Football, a new platform in which fans call plays in real-time in real, live games. Prior to the season, Sherman was hired by the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. He would still serve as the Head Coach during Your Call Football's inaugural season.
On December 20, 2017, Sherman was hired by the Montreal Alouettes as head coach. During the 2018 CFL season, Sherman, along with June Jones and Marc Trestman had the distinction of having both CFL and NFL head coaching experience to coach in the same season. He finished with a 5-13 record in his first full season with the Alouettes.
On June 8, 2019, shortly before the start of the regular season and a week after the Alouettes ownership surrendered the franchise back to the CFL, the Alouettes released an ambiguously worded statement claiming that they and Sherman had "agreed to part ways."
Head coaching recordEdit
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|GB||2000||9||7||0||.563||3rd in NFC Central||–||–||–||–|
|GB||2001||12||4||0||.750||2nd in NFC Central||1||1||.500||Lost to St. Louis Rams in NFC Divisional Game|
|GB||2002||12||4||0||.750||1st in NFC North||0||1||.000||Lost to Atlanta Falcons in NFC Wild-Card Game|
|GB||2003||10||6||0||.625||1st in NFC North||1||1||.500||Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game|
|GB||2004||10||6||0||.625||1st in NFC North||0||1||.000||Lost to Minnesota Vikings in NFC Wild-Card Game|
|GB||2005||4||12||0||.250||4th in NFC North||–||–||–||–|
|Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12 Conference) (2008–2011)|
|2008||Texas A&M||4–8||2–6||T–5th (South)|
|2009||Texas A&M||6–7||3–5||5th (South)||L Independence|
|2010||Texas A&M||9–4||6–2||T–1st (South)||L Cotton||21||19|
|2011||Texas A&M||6–6[n 1]||4–5||T–6th|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
|2015||Nauset Regional High School||1||10||0||.091|||
|2016||Nauset Regional High School||3||8||0||.278|||
|MTL||2018||5||13||0||.278||3rd in East||–||–||Missed playoffs|
|0||0||0 Grey Cups|
Assistant coaches under Sherman who became college or NFL head coaches:
- John Bonamego: Central Michigan (2015–2018)
- Tim DeRuyter: Fresno State (2012–2016)
- James Franklin: Vanderbilt (2011–2013), Penn State (2014–present)
- Turner Gill: Buffalo (2006–2009), Kansas (2010–2011), Liberty (2012–2018)
- Jeff Jagodzinski: Boston College (2007–2008)
- Trent Miles: Indiana State (2008–2012), Georgia State (2013–2016)
- Bo Pelini: Nebraska (2003, 2008–2014), Youngstown State (2015–present)
- Joe Philbin: Miami Dolphins (2012–2015)
- Zac Taylor: Cincinnati Bengals (2019–present)
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- Bill Higgins (May 30, 2015). "Football: Former Packers coach Mike Sherman will coach Nauset Warriors". Cape Cod Times.
- Townsend, Brad (December 2, 2007). "New A&M coach Sherman has heart of a champion". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 2, 2007.
- Christl, Cliff (January 18, 2000). "Mentor's suicide gave Sherman perspective on career". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved December 2, 2007.
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- "Slocum picks offensive coordinator; A&M coach promotes Sherman, hires Dorr to instruct QBs". Houston Chronicle. December 21, 1996.
- "Packers Hire Sherman as New Tight Ends Coach". The Capital Times. February 18, 1997.
- "Packers lose Green for year with thigh tear". Associated Press. ESPN. October 24, 2005. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
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- "Texas A&M ready to debut new look on offense, defense".
- "Sherman using old-school approach". Archived from the original on September 3, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2009.
- "Aggies Mailbag: Sherman offers clue to future offense". Archived from the original on December 11, 2008.
- "College a different challenge for ex-pro coaches".
- "Express-News All-Big 12 team".
- Jimmy Burch (November 20, 2011). "Texas A&M won't fire Sherman, but he's feeling heat". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- "Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman". ESPN. December 2, 2011.
- "Dolphins reach contracts with DC Coyle, OC Sherman". NFL. January 26, 2012.
- "Unknown". Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
- Larson, Craig. "Mike Sherman resigns as Nauset Regional football coach". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 17, 2017.
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- "Alouettes name Mike Sherman new head coach - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
- Zurkowsky, Herb (November 3, 2018). "Alouettes end 5-13 season against Ticats with modest two-game winning streak". Montreal Gazette.
- CFL Staff (June 8, 2019). "Als, Mike Sherman part ways; Khari Jones takes over". www.cfl.ca. CFL.
- "Nauset Regional 2015 Football Schedule". MaxPreps.
- "Nauset Regional 2016 Football Schedule". MaxPreps.
- Zwerneman, Brent (November 26, 2007). "A&M names Sherman coach". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on February 16, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2007.
- "Sherman Named Head Coach at Texas A&M" (Press release). Texas A&M Athletic Department. November 26, 2007. Archived from the original on November 28, 2007. Retrieved November 26, 2007.