Georgia officially has a second member of its defensive coaching staff now on board.
The school announced Friday that South Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer has joined the staff as a ‚Äúdefensive assistant.‚Äù
Sherrer could end up coaching one of the linebacker positions, but with two more hires to make his exact duties aren‚Äôt yet specified.
Coach Mark Richt in a statement cited ‚Äúa great relationship‚Äù between new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Sherrer at Hoover (Ala.) High School and at Alabama.
‚ÄúKevin is an exceptional football coach who cares about his players and is going to be a tremendous asset to our program,‚Äù Richt said.
Rush Propst, the head coach at Hoover when Pruitt and Sherrer were on staff, thinks Georgia will benefit from the two working together again.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm proud of both of them,‚Äù said Propst, now coach at Colquitt County. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm glad it‚Äôs happened. It‚Äôs good for them and the University of Georgia.‚Äù
South Alabama led the Sun Belt Conference in sacks with 38 and was second in total defense (384.3) and scoring defense (25.2) in Sherrer’s one season at the school.
Sherrer is a former college teammate of Pruitt and offensive line coach Will Friend at Alabama. Sherrer played tight end from 1993-95.
‚ÄúThis is a tremendous opportunity to work with Coach Richt and UGA and be back with Jeremy and Will from my playing days at Alabama,‚Äù Sherrer said in a statement. ‚ÄúGeorgia is a great state that I‚Äôve recruited, I know the type of players and the coaches in this area. I‚Äôm looking forward to doing my part to make Georgia a championship team.‚Äù
Pruitt hired Sherrer to work with him at Hoover in 2005. After two seasons, Sherrer was promoted to defensive coordinator when Pruitt left to join Alabama in an off-field role. Sherrer later was
director of player development at Alabama when Pruitt coached the defensive backs.
Propst said Sherrer is ‚Äúvery organized, he‚Äôs a great planner. He‚Äôs a great fit to Jeremy. Jeremy doesn‚Äôt have to teach Kevin anything about the defense. He‚Äôs coordinated at South Alabama. They‚Äôll be talking the same lingo. Continuity is a key area of success. I would think he could be Jeremy‚Äôs right-hand man. There‚Äôs no learning curve thing. They know each other and have worked together.‚Äù