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February 16, 2005

Bill Sheridan hired as N.Y. Giants assistant

Bill Sheridan, U-M's defensive line coach, has been hired as the New York Giants' linebackers coach, it was announced today. Sheridan, a Michigan graduate assistant under Bo Schembechler in 1985-86, coached three seasons at U-M, starting as the linebackers coach in 2002.

He became the team's recruiting coordinator in 2002 as well, relinquishing those duties to concentrate on his new job as defensive line coach in 2003 and 2004. He leaves U-M to replace Bill Davis, who left the Giants after one season to become the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

"Bill has a burning desire to coach in the NFL," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "That was very important to me as I evaluated prospective linebacker coaches. He was very sharp in his interview, and even though he coached the defensive line at Michigan, he talked mostly about the secondary and linebacker play.

"He has done it the right way. He started coaching at the high school level and worked his way up. He has coached linebackers, secondary, defensive line and special teams. That says it all."

Sheridan will officially begin his Giants duties on Monday.

"I'm very excited to work for coach Coughlin and an organization with the storied tradition of the Giants," Sheridan said. "Every coach who wants to coach at the highest level aspires someday to have an opportunity to coach in the NFL. That's why I am so excited about it. These opportunities don't present themselves every year. So when this opportunity did present itself and I was keenly interested and fortunate enough to get a chance to interview."

Sheridan believes he'll be able to make a smooth transition from college to the pros, but admits he'll have some learning to do.

"It will definitely be a learning curve for me, if nothing else from a terminology standpoint," he said. "I've got to get on board with how they call things, the terminology they use. With NFL zone defenses there are more to them. But that's as exciting as anything. It will be forced growth on my part."

Sheridan came to U-M after stints at Notre Dame (2001), Michigan State (1998-2000), Army (1992-97), Cincinnati (1989-91) and Maine (1987-88).

Watch TheWolverine.com for more on this story in the days to come, including news on possible replacements.

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