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In Kevin Sherman, Pitt has a veteran teacher of wide receiver play whose pupils include some of the most productive pass catchers in recent ACC history.
Under his watch, Tyler Boyd was a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection in 2015 after leading the conference and ranking seventh nationally in receptions per game (7.6 avg.). Boyd was named a Phil Steele All-American (third team) and is considered a top prospect in this year's NFL Draft.
Also benefiting from Sherman's guidance is returning starter Dontez Ford, who ranked third in the ACC and 16th nationally in yards per reception (19.4 avg.).
Sherman joined Pat Narduzzi’s Pitt staff after serving the prior two seasons as wide receivers coach at Purdue (2013-14). He is no stranger to the ACC having also coached receivers at Virginia Tech (2006-12) and Wake Forest (2001-05).
At Virginia Tech, Sherman mentored the school’s two most prolific pass catchers in Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale. The pair starred for the Hokies from 2008-11.
Boykin, who recently signed with the Buffalo Bills, ranks first in Virginia Tech career annals with 184 receptions for 2,884 yards (15.7 avg.). Coale, a fifth-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys and eventual Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad member, ranks second with 165 catches for 2,658 yards (16.1 avg.).
Sherman also coached 2008 NFL Draft picks Eddie Royal and Josh Morgan at Virginia Tech. A first-team All-ACC performer, Royal was a second-round pick of the Denver Broncos and was an NFL All-Rookie Team honoree. He is now with the Chicago Bears. Morgan was a sixth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers and also played with the Washington Redskins and Bears.
During Sherman’s seven-year tenure in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech went bowling each season (including four BCS bids), captured three ACC titles and compiled a 70-25 record (.737).
Working at Wake Forest under Jim Grobe, Sherman coached All-ACC performers John Stone and Fabian Davis. Both went on to play in the NFL. Additionally, Jason Anderson set Wake Forest’s career record by averaging 18.0 yards per reception from 2001-04.
Sherman also served as receivers coach under Grobe at Ohio University from 1997-2000. During that four-year period, the Bobcats shed years of losing and emerged as a Mid-American Conference title contender, going 21-11 in MAC play and 25-19 overall. Ohio’s 8-3 record in 1997 marked the program’s winningest campaign in 29 years.
Prior to Ohio, Sherman worked at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) from 1993-96. He served in multiple coaching capacities with the Keydets, including running backs, quarterbacks and receivers. Sherman coached one of the greatest players in VMI history, All-America running back Thomas Haskins, who became the all-time NCAA I-AA rushing leader with 5,349 yards. He additionally coached quarterback Al Lester, who threw for nearly 4,000 career yards.
A 1992 graduate of Ferrum (Va.) College, Sherman was named a football team captain and the Panthers’ Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1990. After serving Ferrum as a student assistant in 1991, he moved to Methodist (N.C.) College, where he coached the receivers in 1992.
In addition to his wealth of collegiate experience, Sherman also worked with the Denver Broncos as an NFL coaching intern during the summer of 2004.
Sherman and his wife Jennifer have two children: son James and daughter Nioka.