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Twist and shout – IU names offensive line coach, quarterbacks coach

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Friday, February 10, 2017 06:17 pm
BLOOMINGTON – Barring another unexpected twist, Indiana’s football coaching staff is now complete. That means head coach Tom Allen can fully focus on next season, and beyond.

Darren Hiller was hired as the new offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He replaced Greg Frey, who left for Michigan a few weeks ago for a reported raise of $140,000, to $500,000 a year.

Nick Sheridan was hired as the new quarterbacks coach. He replaced Shawn Watson, who recently left after basically a month on the job to become the offensive coordinator at Pitt.

Hiller has coached for 23 years. Last season, he was the offensive line coach at South Florida as well as the run game coordinator and co-offensive coordinator. South Florida had a big-time offense last season, averaging 43.8 points, 511.5 total yards and 285.3 rushing yards. Before that he coached at Cincinnati, Nevada, Arkansas State and Northwestern State.

“I have known Darren Hiller for a number of years and have always been so impressed with him, both as a person and as a coach," Allen said in a university release. "He is a tremendous teacher in the area of the offensive line. Darren does a great job mentoring young men and finding ways to motivate them to play at their highest level. He has been a part of a tremendous offensive attack at South Florida and I think that will continue with us here at Indiana.”

Sheridan was an offensive graduate assistant at Tennessee for the past three years where he worked under offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, who recently became IU’s offensive coordinator. Sheridan was a reserve quarterback at Michigan while DeBord was there as the offensive coordinator. Sheridan’s father, Bill, is the Detroit Lions’ linebacker coach.


"Nick Sheridan is a young offensive mind that I am very impressed with,” Allen said. “I love the fact that he is a coach's son. He has been around this game his entire life. I know that we feel like we got a young Shawn Watson in Nick Sheridan."

Added Sheridan: "I'm appreciative of the chance to work for Tom Allen at IU, a place that is known for excellence in athletics and is an unbelievable institution. IU is really focused on the student-athlete, giving them a great experience as a student first and athletically in a great conference against great competition. Getting the chance to work for Mike DeBord again is a great opportunity. When it presented itself, I couldn't get to Bloomington fast enough."

While at Tennessee, Sheridan got extensive experience working with the quarterbacks.

"It's exciting to have Nick coach the quarterbacks here, as he did for the University of Tennessee these past two years," DeBord said. "I know I had the title of coaching the quarterbacks, but I was assisting with the offensive line during those two years and Nick had the quarterbacks in meetings, practice and game preparation and did an outstanding job with them.

“I believe that Josh Dobbs success as a quarterback these past two years is not only the result of what Josh did but also what Nick did as a coach in his preparation and continuing his growth. I know he'll continue to do a great job with our quarterbacks at Indiana University."


An All-SEC selection, Dobbs became only the third quarterback in SEC history with 15 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in multiple seasons, joining Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott. 

Sheridan previously was the quarterbacks coach at passing coordinator at Western Kentucky, then went to South Florida in the same roles in 2013.

While at Michigan, Sheridan threw for 701 yards and two touchdowns while making four starts in 2008.


With the Wolverines, Sheridan earned a scholarship prior to his junior year. He appeared in 12 career games, made four starts in 2008 and closed out his career with 701 yards and a pair of touchdowns.



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