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Posted on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 9:55 a.m.

Ex-Saline and Michigan football quarterback Nick Sheridan named full-time assistant at Western Kentucky

By Nick Baumgardner

Former Michigan football and Saline High School quarterback Nick Sheridan landed his first full-time college coaching job.

On Friday, Sheridan -- who made four starts at Michigan in 2008 -- was named quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Western Kentucky University.


Former Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan is the quarterbacks coach at Western Kentucky.

University of Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan scrambles against Minnesota last season.

A two-year letterwinner at Michigan, Sheridan completed 70 of 148 pass attempts for 701 yards and two scores with the Wolverines, with most of that action taking place in Rich Rodriguez's debut season.

He was Rodriguez's opening day starter in 2008, a 25-23 home loss against Utah. He started three more times that season, a 29-6 victory at Minnesota, a 21-14 loss vs. Northwestern and an 42-7 loss at Ohio State.

He served as a backup in 2009 before forgoing his final year of eligibility in 2010 to focus on a future in coaching.

Sheridan served as an offensive graduate assistant at Western Kentucky last season.

Former Michigan assistant coach Jack Harbaugh, the father of ex-Wolverine quarterback Jim Harbaugh, coached Western Kentucky to a Division 1-AA National Championship in 2002.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Playing QB at Michigan " ain't chopped liver ". Congrats and Good Luck!

Blue Marker

Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

Go Hilltoppers!

David Zimmer

Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 10:38 p.m.

Nick, Congrats on achieving this next step in your career. You are a example of what is right about our community and we are proud of all you did while at Saline High and for your contributions to our community during your school years and since. David Zimmer Trustee - Saline Area School District


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 8:26 p.m.

Congratulations Nick, good step for your career... Very Best Wishes! BP


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

Coaches last a lot longer than players-- good choice.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

Those were some dark days. RR should have begged Mallet to stay and ran a the pro style offense with a little spread thrown in to transition. Why he converted the defense to a 3-4 I'll never understand. The sad thing is- some of his offensive plays were brilliant- triple option-quadruple option. Because of that insane defense we'll only see traces of it for a year or so.


Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 9:22 a.m.

You're right, you never will understand why Michigan converted there defense to a 3-4, because they never did. They changed there defense to a 3-3-5. It's the same defense WVU was known for and Greg Robinson comes in never before running 3-3-5 and tries to have success with it. 3-3-5 would not and will not ever work in the Big Ten. It puts to many small guys on the field and when it is your base defense, the Big OL of the Big Ten will get rolling and RB's will have 5 yards before ever coming near a defender. Mallet didn't want to stay because of RR. RR came in and from what I have read pretty much told him you won't be the starter in my offense. You don't fit my schemes. Which he is right, Mallet didn't, but if RR wanted to ever have a chance at U of M he needed to convince Mallet to stay. Hoke did it right. He adjusted his offense to Denard and convinced Denard to stay despite him not fitting into the Pro-Style offense. RR offense is potent, but I still don't believe it would ever be succesful in the Big Ten. If Oregon played in the Big Ten I think they would have at least 2 losses every year just because you can't sustain success week in and week out when the Big Ten is based on busting you in the chops and being physical. Either way, I'm glad we have Hoke, Mattison, and Borgess. Good luck to Sherridan, and hopefully he can represent Michigan well in his future endeavors.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 11:35 p.m.

Mallett didn't want to stay, so he left. Obviously he didn't believe in the "those who stay will be champions" creed.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 5:25 p.m.

Congrats Nick! You weathered one of the dark periods of the Michigan program like a true Michigan Man...with class! Maybe you will be back in the big house some day?


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

"...was named Friday quarterbacks coach..." Does that mean someone else is quarterbacks coach for Saturday through Thursday?


Mon, Feb 13, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

That's Commander Mc Bragg from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons.


Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 4:39 a.m.

... or they took your suggestion and made the change. Hey ... I'm squeezing my brain until it hurts but still no hits ... who's the cartoon character in your avatar? It looks like the cartoon style of Jay Ward and the "Bullwinkle" franchise ... but I can't quite place him.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Stealth edit. Nice.


Sat, Feb 11, 2012 : 3:04 p.m.

That Minnesota game in 2008 was one of the few highlights of that season. Nick had the offense moving the way it was supposed to move and amazingly the defense held up. Best of luck to him, I seem to recall Rodriguez saying Sheridan would have a great future in coaching.


Sun, Feb 12, 2012 : 4:28 a.m.

That and the Wisconsin win. Some glimmer of what the supposed high-powered RR offense could do by coming back late.