Lions add Bill Sheridan to defensive staff

Posted Jan 17, 2014

Bill Sheridan has Michigan roots having coached at Royal Oak Shrine High School to begin his coaching career

Bill SheridanPhoto: AP Images

When Bill Sheridan walked into Allen Park Friday to interview for a spot on Jim Caldwell's coaching staff, it's quite possible he had a flashback to his time as head coach at Royal Oak Shrine High School.

Who could blame him, really, considering the man who wrote up his contract is a former player.

Lions team president Tom Lewand played defense for Sheridan's at Shrine in the early 1980's.

Sheridan will replace Matt Burke as the new linebackers coach.

His coaching career began in 1981 at Shrine High School, where he was the head coach until 1984. After spending two season's as a graduate assistant at Michigan, Sheridan became the linebacker coach at Maine. He followed with stops at Cincinnati, Army, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Michigan, before making the jump to the NFL in 2005 to coach linebackers for the New York Giants.

Sheridan was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was relieved of those duties following this past season along with head coach Greg Schiano and a number of his staff.

He takes over a linebacker unit that features DeAndre Levy, who had a breakout season in 2013, and Stephen Tulloch, who led the team with 135 tackles and has played in 128 consecutive regular season games.