Virginia Tech Announces Three Additions to Football Staff
O'Cain, Sherman and Newsome join Hokies
February 24, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer, in conjunction with the Tech athletics department, announced three additions to his coaching staff on Friday. Joining the Hokies' staff are 27-year coaching veteran Mike O'Cain, along with Kevin Sherman and Curt Newsome. All three new coaches will begin their duties on Monday, Feb. 27.

O'Cain, a former head coach at NC State and offensive coordinator at North Carolina and Clemson, will fill the quarterbacks coach position vacated by Kevin Rogers. Rogers accepted the position of quarterbacks coach with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings in January.

Sherman, a native of Radford, Va., replaces Tony Ball as Tech's wide receivers coach, a position Sherman held the past five seasons at Wake Forest. Ball left Blacksburg earlier this month to become the running backs coach at the University of Georgia.

Newsome, an assistant coach at James Madison University the past seven seasons and a familiar face in the Virginia high school ranks, will take over the offensive line duties. The move will allow current offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring to concentrate on his offensive coordinator duties, while coaching the tight ends. Plans are for Danny Pearman, who has overseen the tight ends the past eight seasons, to be reassigned within the athletics department.

"I feel very fortunate to have had Kevin, Tony and Danny on my staff here at Virginia Tech," Beamer said. "And, I feel fortunate to get three coaches of this high caliber in Mike, Kevin and Curt. Having good coaches is critical in this business. All three of these guys bring something special to this staff from a football standpoint and a recruiting standpoint, and I'm very pleased about that."

O'Cain, who will work with four returning quarterbacks in the Tech system, is familiar with both Beamer and the Virginia Tech football program. From 1981-84, he was an assistant coach on Beamer's staff at Murray State and this past season, during a one-year hiatus from coaching, he served as the color commentator for the Hokie PlayBack broadcasts of home Virginia Tech football games.

"I've known Mike for a long time," Beamer said. "He is a very knowledgeable coach and a great, great person. He's well known and highly-respected throughout the coaching profession."

O'Cain last coached in 2004 at Clemson, serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Tigers from 2001-03 and was a big reason Charlie Whitehurst established 33 school records.

A 1977 Clemson graduate, O'Cain began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in '77. A year later, he got his first full-time job coaching the offensive backfield at The Citadel. After stops at Murray and East Carolina, the Orangeburg, S.C., native became the quarterbacks coach at NC State in 1986. He was named the Wolfpack's head coach in 1993 and held the position for seven seasons. O'Cain was the offensive coordinator at North Carolina in 2000 before moving to Clemson.

O'Cain and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Jenny and Lizzi.

Sherman inherits a strong returning group of wide receivers at Tech. During his time with the Demon Deacons, Sherman worked closely with All-ACC performers John Stone and Fabian Davis, both of whom have gone on to successful professional football careers with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.

Prior to his five-year stint at Wake Forest, Sherman spent four years (1997-2000) coaching receivers at Ohio University. He was one of eight Ohio assistants who accompanied head coach Jim Grobe to Winston-Salem in December 2000.

"Kevin is another coach with a great knowledge of the game," Beamer said. "Everyone I have talked to speaks highly of him. He started out at Radford High School and then played under Coach (Hank) Norton down at Ferrum. Right away, when you mention Norm Lineburg (Radford) and Coach Norton, that tells me a lot. Those are two people I really respect."

A 1992 graduate of Ferrum (Va.) College, Sherman began his coaching career in the state of North Carolina at Methodist College. From 1993-96, he coached at VMI, spending one year as running backs coach, two as quarterbacks and receivers coach, and one season as the passing game coordinator.

Sherman and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, a son, James, and a daughter, Nioka.

Newsome joins the Hokies after serving as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach his last three seasons at James Madison University. He joined the Dukes' staff in March 1999 and worked as the defensive line coach his first three seasons. In 2002, Newsome coached JMU's offensive tackles and tight ends.

During his stint at James Madison, he coached All-Americans on both sides of the ball. Defensive end Chris Morant was named to two first-team All-America squads and two second-teams in 2000 and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as Division I-AA's top defender. Offensive guard Matt Magerko received first-team Associated Press All-America honors in 2004 when the Dukes won the Division I-AA national championship.

Prior to joining the JMU staff, Newsome was head coach in 1998 at Newport News' Heritage High School, where he was the AP's Virginia Scholastic Coach of the Year. He coached from 1987-97 at Kecoughtan High School and also coached at both Phoebus and Ervinton high schools.

"In Curt Newsome, we are getting a coach who is very popular, both with his players and with the high school coaches within the commonwealth of Virginia," Beamer said. "We are getting a great coach on the field and a great recruiter off the field."

Newsome graduated from Emory & Henry in 1982. He and his wife, Melinda, have a son, Curtis Wayne III, and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann.