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January 24, 2014
Sherrer hire official
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Confirming the news that broke earlier this week, Georgia announced Friday afternoon that former South Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer has been hired as a defensive assistant by the Bulldogs.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to work with Coach (Mark) Richt and UGA and be back with Jeremy (Pruitt, defensive coordinator) and Will (Friend, offensive line coach) from my playing days at Alabama," said Sherrer in a statement. "Georgia is a great state that I've recruited, I know the type of players and the coaches in this area. I'm looking forward to doing my part to make Georgia a championship team."
Prior to coming to Georgia, Sherrer served as the Director of Player Development at Alabama for three years before becoming the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars of the Sun Belt Conference prior to last year.
The 2013 South Alabama defense ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in total defense (384.3 yards per game) and second in scoring defense (25.2 points per game).
"I'm excited about Kevin joining our staff," Richt said. "He has worked with Jeremy Pruitt at both Hoover High School and Alabama, and they already have a great relationship that will translate well to the field. Kevin is an exceptional football coach who cares about his players and is going to be a tremendous asset to our program."
Sherrer's hiring leaves the Bulldogs with two more defensive assistant positions yet to be filled.
At Alabama, Sherrer's responsibilities included assisting Crimson Tide student-athletes with academics, community outreach and their personal lives. During his tenure, UA posted a 35-5 (87.5%) mark while winning the BCS national title in 2011 and 2012 and the 2012 Southeastern Conference championship.
Before working in Tuscaloosa, Sherrer served as an assistant coach at Hoover (Ala.) High for five years, including the team's defensive coordinator his final three.
In his first season on the staff, the Buccaneers claimed the state 6A championship, a feat they would repeat in 2009, while in two of his other three years with the program HHS advanced to the title game. While Sherrer was on the staff, the Buccaneers posted a 61-12 (83.6%) record.
Sherrer worked with Pruitt at Hoover for two seasons before working together for two more with the Crimson Tide.
"At the end of the day I think what Georgia is getting is continuity," former Hoover head coach Rush Propst said. "You've got two guys who have worked hand-in hand-together, first at Hoover High School with me and then at Alabama. There won't be any learning curve. Kevin will know what Jeremy wants done so there won't be any having to teach that guy."
Prior to becoming a coach, Sherrer was a tight end for the Crimson Tide, helping Alabama to a 29-7 record while winning the SEC West twice.
He graduated from Alabama with a degree in physical education before earning his master's degree in higher education from the school in 2000. He and his wife Carrie have twin 13-year-old sons, Kaleb and Kyle.