Ray Sherman

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Ray Sherman
Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Interim wide receivers coach
Personal information
Born: (1951-11-27) November 27, 1951 (age 67)
Berkeley, California
Career information
College:Fresno State
Career history
As coach:

Ray Sherman (November 27, 1951) is an American football coach with more than four decades experience coaching at the college and professional levels, and who is currently serving as the interim wide receivers coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

Coaching career[edit]

College career[edit]

Sherman played college football at Fresno State as a wide receiver and defensive back. In 1974, he took a job as graduate assistant for San Jose State. After leaving San Jose State following that season, Sherman remained a coach at the college level through 1987, working for five additional schools; this includes two stints at California.[1]

NFL career[edit]

The Houston Oilers gave Sherman his first NFL coaching job in 1988, when he was hired as a running backs coach. After one more year in Houston, during which he was a wide receivers coach, he took an assistant head coaching position with the Atlanta Falcons in 1990. Sherman then went to the San Francisco 49ers the next season, staying there through 1993; he coached running backs in 1991 and wide receivers the following two seasons. The Minnesota Vikings hired Sherman as quarterbacks coach in 1995, and he spent three seasons with the team. In 1998 and 1999, Sherman served as offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Vikings, respectively. He was the wide receivers coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2000 to 2004, and held the same position with the Tennessee Titans in 2005 and 2006. The Dallas Cowboys hired him as wide receivers coach in 2007.[1]

In January 2010, Sherman was considered for a head coaching position with the Oakland Raiders.[citation needed]

In January 2011, Sherman interviewed for the head coaching position of the Dallas Cowboys to satisfy the Rooney Rule, and it was thought that he might be offered the offensive coordinator job with the team.[2] It was announced that Sherman will not return to the Cowboys for the 2011 season.[3]

Sherman returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers as interim Wide Receivers Coach after the death of the incumbent coach Darryl Drake.

Personal life[edit]

Sherman is married and is the father of three children, one of whom died in 2003.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Coach/Executive Bios: Ray Sherman". Dallas Cowboys. Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (January 3, 2011). "Jerry Jones denies he's made a decision on Garrett". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Fraley, Gerry (January 10, 2011). "Despite interviewing for head coach job, Ray Sherman out as WR coach". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 18, 2011.