IU announces Sheridan, Hiller hirings

Indiana on Friday officially announced the hirings of Nick Sheridan as quarterbacks coach and Darren Hiller as run game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Sheridan replaces Shawn Watson, who took the offensive coordinator job at Pitt last month. Hiller takes over for Greg Frey, who will reportedly make $500,000 per year in a similar position at Michigan. Frey made $375,000 at IU in 2016, according to The Herald-Times’ salary database.

“I have known Darren Hiller for a number of years and have always been so impressed with him, both as a person and as a coach,” IU coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “He is a tremendous teacher in the area of the offensive line. Darren does a great job mentoring young men and finding ways to motivate them to play at their highest level. He has been a part of a tremendous offensive attack at South Florida and I think that will continue with us here at Indiana.

“Nick Sheridan is a young offensive mind that I am very impressed with. I love the fact that he is a coach’s son. He has been around this game his entire life. I know that we feel like we got a young Shawn Watson in Nick Sheridan.”

Hiller spent the 2016 season as co-offensive coordinator, run game coordinator and offensive line coach at South Florida, where the Bulls’ offensive line led the American Athletic Conference and ranked 14th nationally in allowing 15 sacks in 13 games.

Hiller took a similar job at Houston last month before making the switch to Bloomington. Prior to South Florida, Hiller, a 23-year coaching veteran, spent three seasons coaching offensive line at Cincinnati.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with Tom Allen,” Hiller said in a statement. “He’s a friend of mine and he’s going to be wonderful to work for. I know Indiana’s offense has been really good these last few years. Being up in Cincinnati, I had an eye on what was happening over in Bloomington. I look forward to helping build on the success they’ve had and getting to work with Mike DeBord.”

Sheridan spent the past three seasons working as an offensive graduate assistant under DeBord at Tennessee. DeBord was also the offensive coordinator at Michigan while Sheridan was there as a walk-on quarterback in 2006 and 2007.

With the Wolverines, Sheridan earned a scholarship prior to his junior year, appearing in 12 career games. He made four starts in 2008 and closed his career with 701 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“I’m appreciative of the chance to work for Tom Allen at IU, a place that is known for excellence in athletics and is an unbelievable institution,” Sheridan said in a statement. “IU is really focused on the student-athlete, giving them a great experience as a student first and athletically in a great conference against great competition. Getting the chance to work for Mike DeBord again is a great opportunity. When it presented itself, I couldn’t get to Bloomington fast enough.”

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  1. Early reports from the recruit weekends is how the players really like the coaches and the way they interact with each other. Coach Allen is about personal relationships and hires coaches with the same approach. I would think it will help recruiting until the season record of wins and losses start pulling in the better recruits. A key for IU is how well can they recognize the talented players that were overlooked; this past class seems to show they see those players. Just look at Carr from NW, a walk on that lead the B1G in reception yards and in TD catches. No other team saw the talent he could bring to the field and outshine the top recruits from the big boys of the conference. IU has done the same thing with Mitchell Paige.

    Until IU wins enough and finishes high enough in the conference they need to find the “unknown” talents around the country. We will see how good Tronti and Fryfogle are but they sure look good on tape. The best thing with the coaching staff is they have connections all across the Southern part of the country along with Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. They should get enough advice about players in the areas of the high school coaches they know IE how IU got Natee. Then the key factor is how well the IUFB coaches develop the players we get to win games we shouldn’t be winning based on what others think.

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