Sheridan announced as IU o-coordinator

Indiana football officially announced the promotion of Nick Sheridan to offensive coordinator, along with a couple of other adjustments.

Sheridan, who worked with tight ends in 2019, will be a coordinator as well as the position coach for quarterbacks. A former Michigan signal caller himself, Sheridan coached IU’s quarterbacks from 2017-18 and moved to tight ends to accommodate then-offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer, who is now the head coach at Fresno State.

Along with Sheridan’s promotion, running backs coach Mike Hart has been named associate head coach and receivers coach Grant Heard is now co-offensive coordinator.

“Nick is one of the bright, young offensive minds in our game,” IU coach Tom Allen said in a release. “I have the absolute confidence that he is prepared to keep the continuity in our offensive system and allow us to build off of the success we had in 2019.”

Sheridan’s promotion will give IU an especially young coordinating duo. Kane Wommack, who took the reins of the defense from Allen this past season, was the youngest defensive coordinator in the Big Ten at 32 years old. Sheridan will turn 32 in May.

“I’m extremely humbled and grateful for this opportunity,” Sheridan said in a statement. “Thank you to Coach Allen for his confidence and belief in me. I’m very excited to continue to work with an incredible staff that truly Loves Each Other. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank our players for how hard they competed and how well they performed this season.

“I’m very excited about the future here at IU and thankful to be a part of it.”

IU’s release announcing Sheridan’s promotion not only included an endorsement from Allen but also DeBoer and former Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who Sheridan mentored while he was with the Vols as a graduate assistant from 2014-16.

Dobbs was a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2017.

“Coach Sheridan was made to be an offensive coordinator,” Dobbs said in a statement. “From playing quarterback at Michigan to developing me into a NFL QB during our time together at Tennessee, Coach Sheridan brings a unique and creative approach to coordinating an offense. The same passion that he has for the game of football is the same passion that he has for each player in his room.”

One of the main benefits of promoting Sheridan is continuity. Allen did not want to change the Hoosiers’ offensive playbook again after two seasons of Mike DeBord and just one under DeBoer.

Especially with the success DeBoer enjoyed in 2019 — helping lead a unit that surpassed 30 points nine times, tying a program record — it’s hoped that a promotion from within will continue that.

“Working alongside Nick was a big reason why our offense had success last year,” DeBoer said in a statement. “He is able to see the big picture, but he is also very detail-oriented. Nick was able to excel in so many different roles, not just as a position coach, but managing the game, continuing to push ideas in the game plan, and providing thoughts and direction throughout the course of a game.

“I quickly realized Nick was ready to be an offensive coordinator. His teaching style, personality and knowledge of the game make him a perfect fit. I really couldn’t be happier for Nick, and I’m also pleased the offensive staff will remain together. I wish them and IU nothing but the best moving forward.”

24 comments

  1. I hope coach Sheridan moves IU’s offense to even higher results in 2020. Despite his lack of experience in calling plays he is well regarded in coaching circles. Coach Sheridan will have proven play makers to use and several very talented players that are ready to see the field in 2020. If IU is to make a real move into the upper level of B1G football 2020 is the year to do exactly that. It is time for IUFB to turn into a beast every B1G team fears to play, we will see if 2020 is that year.

    1. I like it! Another local guy. If you win multiple state c’ships and lead the top prep school to a 44-2 record, you’re my kinda’ guy. He’s been involved with top HS talent for a long time, I have to believe his ability to relate and recruit, especially the sunshine state, must be off of the charts. Exactly what IU needed. Now TA, go out and get a great special teams guy!

  2. Hart associate head coach. Interesting and creative moves both, good. Staff growing as IU football grows. So this should keep Hart and utilize his recruiting and player development on offense. Recruiting recruiting recruiting

  3. For the 2019 season, Hart’s salary was $326,500. With his new title, my guess is that his new salary will be between $410,000 and $450,000. If I’m right, that higher salary, plus the new title, should go a long way to eliminating the risk of Hart being poached by other schools. And I’m glad that Hart’s contributions are being recognized and rewarded. He deserves it, not just for his ability to recruit excellent running backs, but because of the performance those backs deliver on a consistent basis.

    With the promotion of Sheridan, I thought TA would give the Tight Ends responsibility to the new Special Teams Coordinator. Now I’m not sure that’s going to happen, but it’s a common combination with the highest paid veteran Special Teams Coordinators throughout college FB.

    In the past, I was frequently critical of Glass for under-spending and being “reactive” in trying to keep IU’s assistant coaches. But I now have to give him credit. Last year, IU spent $3,693,800 on Assistant Coaches salaries (before bonuses). By increasing that salary pool by $500,000, Glass has fortified TA’s ability to “protect” his best assistants while allowing TA to attract high quality candidates to replace guys like Inge. That increased compensation budget will help TA sustain or even improve his staff. Glass’s parting gift to IU FB is better late than never.

  4. Just read up on Kevin Wright. Impressive credentials as a High School coach and he has some college experience! And given his history coaching HS in both Florida and Indiana, this should help IU’s ability to recruit in both states. Looks like a smart hire.

    Now, who is going to coach special teams? Will they bring in yet another coach, or will they give that responsibility to a position coach already on staff so as to justify increasing his salary? As we all witnessed during the Gator Bowl, it is essential that IU’s Special Teams’ performance is really good. They will likely make the difference between a winning season and a losing season next year.

  5. Creative? Co-offensive coordinators (one of whom will coach QBs), an assistant head coach, and a high school coach to coach tight ends. I hope the delineations of duties will be clear to staff and players, but my head is spinning. Maybe all this nomenclature is to make bean-counters happy with salary adjustments. And yeah, PO, the kicking game. Too important (that’s why they’re called special teams) for anyone to share that job with another position responsibility (even-numbered cornerbacks on third and short every other home game in October) .

  6. davis, that’s not true in college FB. The best FBS teams (Clemson, Alabama, etc.) have Special Teams Coordinators that coach position players as well. Here’s the quote from Football Scoop:

    “Every one of the highest paid special teams coaches listed above has positional responsibilities in addition to coaching special teams. Tight ends (Porter, Perman, Shibest, Banks) was the most popular position — and we’d bet is the most common across the entire sport — but safeties (Naivar, Partridge) and linebackers (Gregory, Dewitt, Hutzler) also had multiple entrants.”

    1. PO- have you ever considered that all those coaches named in that Football Scoop article, who have worked their way to the top of a very competitive profession, are wrong? And that the guy whose football experience ended four decades ago in high school but now types stuff into a computer in his basement is right? Didn’t think so . . . .

      1. Davis,
        Kinda hate to jump on you on this one, but you might want to check the LSU and Clemson coaching staff websites. Po’s right, TA & IUFG doesn’t have anything on them. Common trend among P5 schools to do the same thing TA is doing with his staff.

  7. I with agree with t & Po’s comments regarding TA’s creativity with how he is positioning his staff.

    How TA is handling Mike Hart is of special interest to me. By moving Coach Hart to co-HC, I believe TA is grooming him for a HC job somewhere. When we look at Hart’s strengths it is obviously recruiting and rb’s. If he has play calling capability, we have not witnessed such as of yet. It could be a weakness, but not one which could keep him from being a HC at the highest levels. We have coach in Monday’s national championship game whose forte is not x’s and o’s but a recruiter with very few peers and is showing capability as the CEO that a HC must be.

    If TA is up to what I think he is, it could bode extremely well for IUFB in the years to come. If TA is to become known as a developer of not only FB talent but coaching talent as well, there will be a steady stream of high caliber coaching talent coming through Bloomington on a regular basis. A powerful coaching tree for TA will likely also mean a very successful program over the long haul. I sure hope so.

  8. thinkaboutit, I like coach Allen’s moves this off-season too as far as how he is positioning coaches to gain experience they need for moving up in the coaching ranks. I hope all the coaches show these are very good moves making the 2020 season even better than the 2019 season was.

  9. davis, you sound confused. It’s not whether I’m right or wrong, it’s whether the best college football coaches are right or wrong. You know, those guys that get paid $6 to $8 millions dollars a year to run the best college FB programs in the country! Are you saying they’re wrong? Just in case you still don’t understand, here’s more information from FootballScoop.com on Special Teams Coordinators that also coach position players:
    “1. Bob Gregory, Washington — $550,000
    2. Larry Porter, Auburn — $525,000
    3. Chris Partridge, Michigan — $500,000
    4. Danny Pearman, Clemson — $480,000
    5. Jovan Dewitt, Nebraska — $475,000
    5. Coleman Hutzler, South Carolina — $475,000
    7. James Shibest, Virginia Tech — $445,000
    8. Mark Staten, Michigan State — $438,000
    9. Jay Boulware, Oklahoma — $435,000
    10. Jeff Banks, Alabama — $434,000

    Every one of the coaches listed above has positional responsibilities in addition to coaching special teams. Tight ends (Porter, Perman, Shibest, Banks) was the most popular position — and we’d bet is the most common across the entire sport — but safeties (Naivar, Partridge) and linebackers (Gregory, Dewitt, Hutzler) also had multiple entrants. Boulware also coaches Oklahoma’s running backs. Gregory also has an assistant head coach title.
    — Since the original publication of this list, Texas has switched special teams responsibilities from Craig Naivar ($500,000 in 2018) to Derek Warehime ($400,000), while Michigan State handed special teams duties to Staten, who coached Sparty’s offensive line in 2018 and will now handle tight ends in addition to special teams.”

  10. Just worried about our friends over in THE Bucknut nation this morning. They got to be asking themselves, “How did we let Joe Burrow get away from us?”

    1. Buckeyes got screwed on some calls against Clemson. Can’t really conclude how a Buckeyes vs. LSU game would have went.
      One game a guy looks like Superman…Next game he looks like Fabio instead of Trevor Lawrence.
      Burrow’s receiving crew was some of the best I’ve ever seen in a college game…The way some of those guys ran down balls was beyond impressive. I’m not sure if it was great throws …or simply incredible speed adjusting, getting under and snatching balls that other receivers could never get near. Some of Burrow’s receivers were so fast that they would almost run their own legs out from under themselves.
      Give that receiving crew to Penix and he likely looks like an All-American. Notice how I didn’t say Ramsey…?
      Speed demons everywhere on LSU….Some of those guys broke the sound barrier on a football field. I wanted to play Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” every time an LSU kid ran a route.

      Easy to look like you’ve got a “Top Gun” at qb when you’re throwing to Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II fighters!

      The Northrop F-5E/F Tiger first saw action in 1972 in Vietnam. The early versions of this plane flew several missions and it was quickly understood that, while fully operational, the plane needed some upgrades. The result was called the “Tiger,” and it was intended to match the Soviet MiG-21 “Fishbed.”(courtesy: here)

      1. H4H,
        Don’t think the bucknut improved as much as Clemson wasn’t near the team they were last year. Lost a lot of that team to the nfl.

        Know you are going to hit me about the SEC part of this, but you are right about the LSU speed. In order to compete in the SEC, and to a degree in the ACC, is you have to be that fast. It is hard to get anyone outside of certain areas of the country to understand the speed equation part of the Alabama, Clemson, and now LSU success stories unless you see it up clo

        1. a) Completely agree. The speed was mesmerizing.
          b) Randy Moss used to be pretty good.
          c) I despise the Clemson coach. I was glad to see LSU smoke them with their speed.
          d) Based on crowd noise, game ball goes to Trump.
          Trump (not really a speed demon) likely gets every SEC and ACC vote. No voting booth review necessary. Actually, I think his campaigning/voter success models the geography of a college football Top-10. He should simply campaign in states where college football rules the order of things(other than the Hoosier state). This would include running up the gut of Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana/Ohio and Michigan…Do a bit of a hook and go in Wisconsin.

          This must be why I still think the hope for civilization resides in basketball…

          1. And people say sports doesn’t mix into politics…? Yeah, right, not at all. The field ceremony involving POTUS before kickoff was the most awkward thing I’ve ever seen. And it was far more a personal foul than what was called against the Clemson linebacker. Donald’s stunt should have come with an automatic ejection for crowd targeting.

  11. OSU is not the first or only school that had a player who transferred and went on to become a superstar. In fact, recent evidence shows that many players, especially quarterbacks, who were under-appreciated or overlooked coming out of HS or while in college go on to great success. Baker Mayfield, Cam Newton, Kyler Murray, Russel Wilson, Tom Brady, Josh Allen, Aaron Rogers, Joe Flacco, etc. were all either undervalued coming out of HS or transferred while in college. Some FB experts believe it’s that “chip on the shoulder” and the mental toughness necessary to overcome adversity that allows these young men to transform themselves into such successful quarterbacks. That might be part of it, but overall, it’s about being in the right system, with the right coaches that create the right fit.

    But my guess is that if LSU had been playing OSU last night, Burrow would not have taken a knee a few times in the red zone during the last three minutes of that game. My guess is that Burrow would have lead LSU to score another touchdown.

    1. Po,
      I believe you might be right about the last 3 minutes of the game. I also suspect the margin would have been very similar to the OU semi-final game.

    2. PO to prove your point about the right system, Burrow didn’t excel until they brought in their new passing coordinator in 2019. Burrow was a good QB in 2018 but not an exceptional one.

      H4H, I agree with the speed of the receivers and it is the concern I have with coach Heard’s philosophy of valuing size in his receivers. I know it is tough for IU to attract the best receivers but even with the very good ones coming in the past couple of years they aren’t known for their speed. Our TEs do seem to be more speed receivers that massive bodies so there may be a trade off there.

      1. V13,
        One thing I know is that with coach Heard’s experience in the SEC, he knows full well the importance of receiver speed. Just guessing, but I am wondering if he is looking for a combination of both size and speed. Obviously, that combination at elite levels would attract the interest of the usual suspects, so at this point, he may be settling for what he can get. In the high speed game found in certain parts of the country, this would be a problem, but it depends on what you are trying to achieve.

        The B1G is not known for it’s high speed level of play with the exception of one or two elite teams, which barely keep up with the Clemson and LSU’s of the college football world. Due to the weather conditions late in the season which tend to negate a high speed game, other priorities take precedence. Big, strong receivers can be quite useful depending upon what your strategy might be. We need to remember at this point IUFB is not stretching for the elite levels of P5 football, but relevance. With a couple more years of success, that may change, but right now if I’m guessing right, they are just trying to find the best serviceable receivers they can attract to IU so they can win in the B1G.

  12. “Quickness” can also help….Whop is very quick. Not sure of his all-out straight line speed, but he’s damn fast.
    I’m no expert in this stuff(and watch very little SEC football until bowl season) but LSU was one of the most impressive teams I’ve seen in a very long time. Maybe if a few things go Clemson’s way(the targeting call on their leader/linebacker), the game could have stayed interesting. LSU looked pretty unbeatable with the the speed demons….who also knew how to catch the damn ball. Some of their adjustments and body contortions while hauling in bombs was almost as impressive as the outright speed.

    All that being said, when a window of momentum was opening for Clemson, the helmet targeting call really took some wind out of their sails. But it did look to me like leading with the helmet….and a call that had to be made.

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