THE SHERIDAN FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Second. Joined staff on Jan. 29, 1998, from the U.S. Military Academy.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College ? Graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan (1984-85); graduate assistant at Michigan (1985-86); outside linebackers coach at Maine (1987-88); inside linebackers coach at Cincinnati (1989-91); linebackers and defensive backs coach at U.S. Military Academy (1992-97).
EDUCATION: Bachelor?s degree in education from Grand Valley State College in 1982.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College ? Four-year letterman as a linebacker at Grand Valley State College (1977-80).
Detroit native Bill Sheridan begins his second year as linebackers coach at Michigan State.
The 40-year-old Sheridan spent six years at the U.S. Military Academy (1992-97), the last two seasons coaching Army?s defensive backs. He previously worked with the Black Knights? outside and inside linebackers. Sheridan helped Army to a combined record of 34-32-1 during his six-year tenure, including a 10-2 mark in 1996 and a Top 25 national ranking.
?It?s been a homecoming of sorts for Bill Sheridan since he grew up in Detroit,? MSU head coach Nick Saban said. ?Bill is a very impressive young coach and an extremely hard worker. He has great enthusiasm to go along with excellent football knowledge.?
Sheridan went to West Point following three seasons at Cincinnati (1989-91) where he coached the inside linebackers under Tim Murphy. His full-time coaching credits also include a two-year stint at Maine (1987-88) where he worked with the outside linebackers. He also served as a graduate assistant at both Michigan (1985-86) and Eastern Michigan (1984-85).
Sheridan began his coaching career on the high school level as an assistant at Shrine School in Royal Oak, Mich., where he tutored the defensive backs, linebackers, receivers and offensive linemen.
A 1982 graduate of Grand Valley State College in Allendale, Mich., Sheridan earned four letters as a linebacker for the Lakers. He graduated from Detroit De La Salle High School.
Sheridan and his wife, Jaycine, have four children ? Joseph (13), Nicholas (11), Mark (7) and Natalie (4).