Derrick Shepard (defensive lineman)
|Offensive Line Coach|
|Date of birth:May 29, 1975|
|Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio|
|High school: Meadowdale High School|
|College: Georgia Tech|
|Undrafted in 1998|
|Debuted in 2000 for the Arizona Rattlers|
|Last played in 2010 for the Miami Valley Silverbacks|
|Coaching debut in 2009 for the Miami Valley Silverbacks|
|Roster status: Retired|
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena football statistics
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Derrick L. Shepard is a former American Arena football & indoor football defensive lineman who is currently an offensive line coach for the Dayton Sharks. Shepard grew up in Dayton, Ohio and attended Meadowdale High School. His football ability earned him a scholarship off to Georgia Tech, where he participated in football for four years. After spending two years in training camps with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, Shepard began playing arena football. He played for the Arizona Rattlers and the Detroit Fury, before playing his next 5 years in af2 with the Tennessee Valley Vipers, Cincinnati Swarm and the Louisville Fire. After playing professionally for 9 years, Shepard became a coach of indoor football for the Miami Valley Silverbacks. He had been off and on between being the Silverbacks head coach, as well as offensive and defensive line coach. In 2011, he led the Silverbacks to a .500 winning percentage, at the time a Silverback's record.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Coaching career
- 5 References
Upon his graduation, Shepard received a scholarship to play football at Georgia Tech. Shepard redshirted during his first season for Head Coach, Bill Lewis. Shepard saw very little playing time under coach Lewis, who was fired after a 1-7 start to the 1994 season. George O'Leary replaced Lewis for the remaining three games, which Shepard started all three. During his junor year, Shepard scored the first touchdown of his life at any level, when he recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown, which turned out to be the game winning score in a 28-16 game virsus N.C. State. His senior season he had one interception that he return 68 yards. After a 1997 game against Duke, Shepard was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
New England Patriots
On April 11, 2001, Shepard was traded to the Detroit Fury for Kelvin Ingram. He played in just one game, recording a sack. He was waived on June 20, 2001.
Tennessee Valley Vipers
In 2003, Shepard played with the Cincinnati Swarm also of the af2.
Miami Valley Silverbacks
In 2010, Shepard was an offensive and defensive line coach for the Miami Valley Silverbacks. His former teammate, Brian Wells was hired as the team's head coach in 2010, and he convinced Shepard to suit up for the Silverbacks. Shepard appeared in just a single game, recording one tackle on the season.
Miami Valley/Dayton Silverbacks
In 2010, the Silverbacks hired a former teammate and coach of Shephard's in Brian Wells. Wells signed Shepard as a player for the Silverbacks, but after just one game, Shepard joined the coaching staff working with the offensive and defensive lines.
In 2011, Shepard returned to the role of head coach for the Silverbacks, as they had found a new home at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Shepard led the Silverbacks to a 5–5 record and earned the team their second-straight playoff berth. Their .500 winning percentage for the season was a Silverbacks record, until it was broken in 2012. Following the 2011 season, Shepard resigned as the Silverbacks head coach.
In 2012, Shepard was once again the offensive and defensive line coach for the Silverbacks. He also received a role in the front office as the public relations director.
Head Coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|MV||2009||0||10||0||.000||6th in CIFL||0||0||.000|
|DAY||2011||5||5||0||.500||3rd in CIFL||0||1||.000||Lost to Marion Blue Racers in CIFL Semi-Final|
- Sam Heys. "Bill Lewis Q & A". www.gtalumni.com. Georgia Tech Alumni. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Tech storms past Wolfpack". The Augusta Chronicle. September 8, 1996. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Derrick Sheppard". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "1997 Statistics". www.grfx.cstv.com. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "1996 Final Statistics". www.grfx.cstv.com. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "1995 Statistics". www.grfx.cstv.com. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "1994 Final Statistics". www.grfx.cstv.com. Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
- "Dolphins News: Nine Rookie FAs Signed". April 21, 1998. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Derrick Shepard". www.patriots.iccllc.com. New England Patriots. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Transactions". Seattle Times. August 1, 1999.
- "2000 Arizona Rattlers". www.arenafan.com. Arena Fan. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Fire Assigned Six Players". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 12, 2004. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "The Fire Wire". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 11, 2004. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Miami Valley Silverbacks Strengthen D-Line". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 12, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "CIFL 2010 Season - Miami Vy Silverbacks". www.ciflfootball.com. Continental Indoor Football League. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Shepard named new Silverbacks coach". Dayton Daily News. October 14, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- Monica McGee (March 8, 2011). "Silverbacks Season Opener at Hara Arena a Smashing Success". www.mostmetro.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Caoch resigns from Silverbacks". Dayton Daily News. June 15, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- B.J. Bethel (April 14, 2012). "Silverbacks go for franchise wins mark". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved April 24, 2012.