High School Football:
Published: Jan 18, 2013 04:47 PM
Modified: Jan 18, 2013 04:48 PM
CHAPEL HILL - Former Methodist University and high school assistant Jon Sherman will be the next head football coach of East Chapel Hill’s Wildcats.
Sherman was confirmed for the post at East Chapel Hill by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board Thursday night, said East Chapel Hill Athletics Director Ray Hartsfield.
“He brings a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of integrity with him,” Hartsfield said. “He’s shown that as a teacher and as an assistant coach. He also provides us with some continuity and chance to keep the program in the same good direction it’s been going for the last three years.”
Last year, Sherman served as assistant head coach under East Chapel Hill head coach Bill Renner as the Wildcats worked to a record of 5-6 overall, 3-3 in the PAC-6, and reached the state playoffs for the first time since joining the NCHSAA 4A classification in 2005. Sherman worked primarily with the wide receivers, helping East average 185 passing yards a game.
Before the arrival of Renner, the father of UNC quarterback Bryn Renner and a 20-year veteran of Virginia high schools, East Chapel Hill had won just three games in three years.
When Renner announced after the state playoffs that he was stepping down at the end of 2012, Sherman took over most of the day-to-day operations for the Wildcat football program as the search for a full-time replacement advanced.
“The kids love him, and he has a great football pedigree,” Hartsfield said.
A December 2005 graduate of Methodist with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in pre-law, Sherman was the wide receivers coach for two seasons at Fayetteville Jack Britt High School and helped the Buccaneers to two conference championships and an appearance to the 2008 NCHSAA state championship game.
Sherman joined the Methodist football staff in July 2009, serving as the wide receivers coach.
Sherman, a native of Naples, Fla., played four seasons in the Methodist football program, splitting time at wide receiver and tight end. He helped the Monarchs win the 2005 USA South Athletic Conference championship his senior year.
He was a four-time Academic All-Conference selection and was named a Methodist Senior Scholar Athlete.
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