Kevin Sherman, who coached the top two receivers in school history, is heading into his seventh season as the Hokies’ wide receivers coach.
Born: 11/2/1968, Radford, Va.
Hometown: Radford, Va.
Wife: former Jennifer Williams
Children: James, Nioka
High School: Radford High School (1987)
Junior College: Lees-McRae JC (1988)
College: Ferrum College (1992)
Lees-McRae JC (1987)
Ferrum College (1988-90)
|1991||Ferrum College (student assistant)|
|1992-93||Methodist College (wide receivers)|
|1993-97||Virginia Military Institute (recruiting coordinator)|
|1997-00||Ohio University (wide receivers)|
|2000-05||Wake Forest University (wide receivers)|
|2004||Denver Broncos (NFL minority internship)|
|2006-||Virginia Tech (wide receivers)|
|1988||Division III Playoffs (Ferrum, semifinals)|
|1989||Division III Playoffs (Ferrum, semifinals)|
|1990||Division III Playoffs (Ferrum)|
|2002||Seattle (Wake Forest vs. Oregon)|
|2006||Chick-fil-A (Virginia Tech vs. Georgia)|
|2007||Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Kansas)|
|2008||Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati)|
|2009||Chick-fil-A (Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee)|
|2010||Orange (Virginia Tech vs. Stanford)|
|2011||Sugar (Virginia Tech vs. Michigan)|
Over the past four years, he helped develop Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale into the threats that helped them leave Blacksburg as the Nos. 1 and 2 receivers in Tech history in terms of both receptions and receiving yards, respectively.
The duo continued to improve each year under Sherman, finishing with a combined 249 catches for 5,542 yards and 26 touchdowns. Danny Coale was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys and Jarrett Boykin signed a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.
Sherman, who spent five seasons serving in the same capacity at Wake Forest University before coming to Tech, is a native of nearby Radford and a graduate of Radford High School and Ferrum (Va.) College.
Three of his receivers from the 2007 team were drafted and both Eddie Royal (San Diego) and Josh Morgan (Washington) are now starring in the NFL. In 2006, five receivers contributed regularly, and three had at least 400 yards receiving.
That senior quartet of Royal, Morgan, Justin Harper and Josh Hyman combined for 2,026 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns in 2007.
During his time with the Demon Deacons, Sherman worked closely with All-ACC performers John Stone and Fabian Davis, both of whom went on to successful professional football careers with Oakland and Tampa Bay, respectively.
Sherman also oversaw the development of Jason Anderson. Anderson set a school record for most receiving yards by a freshman and eventually left in 2004 as Wake’s career leader in yards per reception.
Sherman became an assistant coach at WFU after working four years as an assistant coach at Ohio University. Sherman was one of eight Ohio assistant coaches who accompanied head coach Jim Grobe to Winston-Salem in December 2000.
At Ohio, Sherman was responsible for the split end and Z-back positions, which saw increasing action in the Bobcats’ Pro-I offense. Sherman helped guide the career of Z-back Raynald Ray, who compiled 925 receiving yards during his career.
As a group, the 1999 receiving corps grabbed more receptions (72) than any group since 1994, while the 2000 unit totaled the highest number of receiving yards (1,046) in seven years.
Prior to his stint at Ohio University, Sherman coached at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). In his four seasons with the Keydets, he coached in several capacities under three different head coaches. Beginning as the running backs coach, he later became the quarterbacks and receivers coach and coordinator for the passing game.
While at VMI, he coached All-America running back Thomas Haskins, who led the Southern Conference in rushing for three consecutive years, and quarterback Al Lester, who threw for nearly 4,000 yards in his career.
A 1992 graduate of Ferrum, Sherman served as captain of the Panther football team and was chosen as the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1990. During the 1991 season, he served as a student assistant football coach before becoming an assistant football coach at Methodist (NC) College in 1992.
Sherman is married to the former Jennifer Williams. The couple has two children, a son, James, and a daughter, Nioka.