Former Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan will be hired as Indiana’s next quarterbacks coach, multiple sources confirmed to The Herald Times on Friday.
Sheridan took a job as Central Michigan’s running backs coach in January. Now, he’s headed to Bloomington.
The 28-year-old will replace Shawn Watson, who was only permanently installed as IU’s quarterbacks coach a month ago. Watson left the program Thursday to become the new offensive coordinator at Pitt. Coachingsearch.com first reported Sheridan’s move to IU.
Sheridan played quarterback for the Wolverines from 2006 to 2009, appearing in 12 career games and making four starts during the 2008 season. Sheridan’s time at Michigan overlapped with Mike DeBord, Indiana’s new offensive coordinator, who held the same position with the Wolverines during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
A Saline, Mich. native, Sheridan got his first coaching job in 2011 as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky before getting promoted to quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator in 2012. He left to take a similar job at South Florida in 2013.
Sheridan reconnected with DeBord at Tennessee, where he worked as a graduate assistant from 2014 to 2016
Though he’s still relatively new to the profession, Sheridan has a coaching pedigree. His father, Bill, is the Detroit Lions’ linebackers coach and has been coaching at every level from high school to the NFL since 1981.
Sheridan’s hiring fills one hole on IU’s staff, though new coach Tom Allen must still fill another.
Allen said on Wednesday that he hopes to have a new offensive line coach in place within the next week. Former offensive line coach Greg Frey was recently hired by Michigan to fill a similar position in Ann Arbor.