Bill Sheridan

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Bill Sheridan
Current position
Title Linebackers Coach
Team Detroit Lions
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-01-27) January 27, 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Detroit, Michigan
Alma mater Grand Valley State University
Team(s) as a player
Grand Valley State
Position(s) Linebacker
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1981–1984 Shrine Catholic HS (assistant)
1985–1986 Michigan (GA)
1987–1988 Maine (LB)
1989–1991 Cincinnati (LB)
1992–1995 Army (LB)
1996–1997 Army (DL)
1998–2000 Michigan State (LB)
2001 Notre Dame (SAF/ST)
2002 Michigan (LB)
2003–2004 Michigan (DL)
2005–2008 New York Giants (LB)
2009 New York Giants (DC)
2010–2011 Miami Dolphins (LB)
2012 Ohio State (assistant)
2012–2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DC)
2014–present Detroit Lions (LB)

Bill Sheridan (born January 27, 1959) is an American football coach, is currently the linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Sheridan was previously the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also a coach for a number of college teams, including Notre Dame and Michigan State. From 2005 to 2008 he was the linebackers coach for the NFL's New York Giants. In 2009, he was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

Personal life[edit]

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sheridan earned four letters as a linebacker at Grand Valley State University. He graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School in Detroit.

Sheridan and his wife, Jaycine, have four children: Joe, Nick, Mark and Natalie. Nick was a quarterback at the University of Michigan from 2008–2009.

Coaching career[edit]

Sheridan's coaching career began in 1981 in Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he was the football coach until 1984.[1] In 1987 he moved to the college level and became the linebacker coach for Maine, followed by Cincinnati and Army.[1] In 1996, he shifted to defensive line coach at West Point.[1] He had been on Lloyd Carr’s staff at the University of Michigan the previous three years before his stint with the Giants, serving as both the linebackers coach and then as coach of the defensive line.

Prior to being the defensive coordinator he was the Giants linebackers coach. Sheridan replaced Steve Spagnuolo after he left to take the head coaching position with the St. Louis Rams. Sheridan had been the linebackers coach for the Giants for the previous four seasons after his hiring in 2005. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin promoted Sheridan over secondary coach Peter Giunta. He was fired on January 4, 2010, after the Giants defense slipped as the team dropped 8 of their last 11 games and allowed 40 points on five different occasions, a franchise record.[2]

On January 19, 2010, Sheridan was hired by the Miami Dolphins to coach their inside linebackers.[2]

On February 17, 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Sheridan as their defensive coordinator. He was relieved of his duties on January 2, 2014.

On January 1, 2014, Sheridan agreed to become the linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Bill Sheridan". Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Garafolo, Mike (4 January 2010). "NY Giants Fire Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Spagnuolo
New York Giants defensive coordinators
Succeeded by
Perry Fewell
Preceded by
Raheem Morris
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinators
Succeeded by
Leslie Frazier