Sherman Named Head Coach At Texas A&M
Courtesy Texas A&MNovember 26, 2007
A former NFL executive with deep ties to the college game, Mike Sherman was named head football coach at Texas A&M on Nov. 26, 2007.
An Aggie assistant coach in the early 1990s, Sherman returns to Aggieland after serving as the Houston Texans assistant head coach since 2006. Sherman was the offensive line coach on R.C. Slocum's initial coaching staff and helped the Aggies to three conference championships in his two stints at Texas A&M (1989-93, 1995-96). The Aggie offense averaged over 400 yards of total offense four times in his seven seasons at A&M, including a school record 471.1 yards per game in 1990.
During his time at Texas A&M, Sherman served at the Aggies' chief recruiter in Houston, the Golden Triangle and southern Louisiana.
Sherman is finishing his second season with the Texans and first as the team's offensive coordinator. Sherman was hired by the Texans as assistant head coach/offense on February 15, 2006, and was named offensive coordinator on January 17, 2007.
Prior to joining the Texans, Sherman spent six seasons as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, including five as the team's executive vice president. From 2001-04, Sherman assumed the duties of general manager as well.
Sherman became the Packers head coach in 2000, guiding the team to five winning seasons. From 2002-2004, Sherman led the Packers to three consecutive NFC North Division titles. His .663 winning percentage (53-27) over his first five years was second only to the great Vince Lombardi in Packers history.
Under Sherman, the Packers offense set numerous team records, including producing two of the four highest-scoring seasons in franchise history. In 2003, Green Bay totaled 442 points, which was just 14 points shy of the franchise record of 456 set in the team's world championship season of 1996.
Sherman's troops followed with a 424-point season in 1994, which was good for fourth-best all-time.
Sherman's 2004 team set team records with 6,357 total net yards and 4,449 net passing yards. That year, the team surrendered only 14 sacks in 598 attempts, another franchise record. The 2003 squad ranks third in Packer history with 5,798 yards and set a franchise record for rushing yards with 2,558, including Ahman Green's franchise-record 1,883 rushing yards. Green Bay also set a franchise record by averaging a whopping 5.05 yards per rush attempt that year.
Before his head coaching stint in Green Bay, Sherman was the Seattle Seahawks' offensive coordinator in 1999. He first coached for the Packers from 1997-98, when he was the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach. He spent seven years in College Station as the Texas A&M offensive line coach from 1989-93 and 1995-96, where he met current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak during the 1992-93 seasons. Sherman was named offensive coordinator at Texas A&M in the spring of 1997 before accepting a position with the Green Bay Packers. Between those times, Sherman spent the 1994 season as the offensive line coach for UCLA.
Sherman's coaching career began in 1981-82, when he was a part-time coach at the University of Pittsburgh. From there, he moved on to Tulane, where he coached the offensive line in 1983-84, and then to Holy Cross, where he also coached offensive line in 1985-87 before being named offensive coordinator in 1988.
Sherman, who played defensive end and offensive tackle at Central Connecticut State University, was born in Norwood, Mass. He and his wife, Karen, have five children: daughters Sarah, Emily, and Selena, and sons Matthew and Benjamin.
SHERMAN'S COACHING LEDGER
- 2007: Head Coach, Texas A&M University
- 2007: Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Houston Texans
- 2006: Asst. Head Coach/Offense, Houston Texans
- 2005: Executive Vice President/Head Coach, Green Bay Packers
- 2001-04: Executive Vice President/General Manager/Head Coach, Green Bay Packers
- 2000: Head Coach, Green Bay Packers
- 1999: Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends, Seattle Seahawks
- 1997-98: Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line, Green Bay Packers
- Spring 1997: Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line, Texas A&M
- 1995-96: Offensive Line, Texas A&M
- 1994: Offensive Line, UCLA
- 1989-93: Offensive Line, Texas A&M
- 1988: Offensive Coordinator, Holy Cross
- 1985-87: Offensive Line, Holy Cross
- 1983-84: Offensive Line, Tulane
- 1981-82: Part-Time Coach, Pittsburgh
- 1979-80: Worcester Academy (Mass.)
- 1978: Stamford High School (Conn.)
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT MIKE SHERMAN...
HOUSTON TEXANS HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK: "We're very proud as an organization. Our football team is very happy for Mike and his family. You guys know I'm a former Aggie and it just means the world to me to know that he's going to be the guy there leading that program. We're excited for him and it's a great day for him and his family. He'll do a tremendous job. Great coach, even better person. I'm just very happy for him."
TONY DUNGY, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS HEAD COACH: "I have coached against Mike Sherman when he was at Green Bay and now at Houston. He is a very, very professional coach in a lot of ways. I think he is going to be great for Texas A&M. I think he is going to be the type of person that they want to have representing their school. I think he's going to do a great job in terms of getting them a winner."
GREEN BAY PACKERS QUARTERBACK BRETT FAVRE: "I think the world of Mike Sherman and I think he will do a great job at Texas A&M. He did a great job for us here at Green Bay and really related well to our team. Meticulous is an understatement when you talk about Mike, he covers all angles. Great work ethic, very personable and excellent community relations, you want to talk about a player's coach-he is it.
"First I would describe him as fair. He is fairly laid back, but very true to himself and to his players. I thought he was great in getting his thoughts and ideas across to the team. We had a lot of good years and I was a little shocked when different circumstances came up and the club went in a different direction.
"I know recruiting has changed a lot since I came through, but I know he will adjust and get up to date with the new rules and regulations...if I was a recruit, I would know this guy wants to get to know me as a person, not just as a football player. He is genuine. He loved this community in Green Bay and I know he loved being at Texas A&M because he talked about it a lot. He loves his family and his players become a part of his extended family.
"With the great facilities and great fans at Texas A&M, I expect him to do very well. I enjoyed playing at Kyle Field back in 1989. Little did I know the offensive line coach (Texas A&M's Mike Sherman) across the way would be one of my head coaches in the NFL."
NFL ALL-PRO, FORMER TEXAS A&M OFFENSIVE LINEMAN RICHMOND WEBB: "Mike Sherman was my offensive line coach as a senior at Texas A&M and I have a lot of respect for the job he did at A&M, as well as what he has accomplished in the NFL. He did a great job with our guys and will be a tremendous asset to the Aggie football program. I think it helps that he is familiar with the traditions and culture surrounding Aggie football, and I am extremely happy that he has decided to come back and head up our football program at Texas A&M."
EIGHT-YEAR NFL PLAYER, FORMER TEXAS A&M OFFENSIVE LINEMAN HUNTER GOODWIN: "I am tremendously excited about Mike Sherman returning to Texas A&M. He's one of the finest teachers and one of the finest men I ever encountered in football. He had a direct impact on my career that enabled me to be a success in football. If given the task of hiring a new head coach at Texas A&M, I would have selected Mike Sherman. He's a perfect fit for the A&M culture. For kids looking for someone that will help them make the most of their ability, he's that guy.
"He brings with him a tremendous resume and a sphere of influence that gives him access to some of the best coaching minds in all of football. As excited as I am to see him get the job, I'm equally excited to see the coaching staff that he will put together."
THREE-YEAR NFL PLAYER, FORMER TEXAS A&M QUARTERBACK BUCKY RICHARDSON: "Mike is a guy who has been around football at all levels, and he knows the importance of surrounding yourself with excellent football coaches. I know he will put together a great staff.
"I knew him as a guy who is a tireless worker, a great recruiter and from everything I know, understands Texas A&M. I am really excited about this new beginning and look forward to helping the program however I can."
FORMER TEXAS A&M HEAD COACH R.C. SLOCUM (1989-2002): "I am really pleased with the selection that Bill Byrne has made for the Texas A&M football program. Mike Sherman earned this job on the basis of his own merits. He worked for me on two different occasions and he was a tireless worker, a very good football coach and the thing that most impressed me was his concern for the players. He was loved and respected by his players. I believe he has the proper values in place, and he has a tremendous coaching resume. I am a fan of Aggie football, and care deeply for this program. I would like to make it clear that I have not had any conversations with Bill Byrne regarding Aggie football, and, specifically, this coaching search."
FORMER TEXAS A&M HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JACKIE SHERRILL (1982-88): "Mike is a winner. He is an outstanding technique coach and stresses fundamentals. He served as a graduate assistant on my staff at Pittsburgh and was surrounded by some outstanding assistant coaches. The players under his guidance have benefited not only from his teaching skills on the field, but off of the field as well. I found him to be very organized and an excellent game day coach. He is an excellent match for Bill Byrne and for Texas A&M. Mike is a lot like Aggies-straight forward, treats people with respect and takes great pride in his work and has a terrific work ethic. I think he will be embraced by Aggies and I know he will put together an excellent coaching staff."