Jim Herrmann

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Jim Herrmann
Current position
Title Linebackers coach
Team New York Giants
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-12-08) December 8, 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Hollywood, California
Career information
College Michigan
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1985–1996 Michigan (assistant)
1997–2005 Michigan (DC)
2006–2008 New York Jets (LB)
2009–present New York Giants (LB)

James "Jim" Herrmann (born December 8, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He has been the linebackers coach for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) since 2009. He played college football at the University of Michigan from 1980 to 1982 and served as an assistant football coach at Michigan from 1985 to 2005, including nine years as defensive coordinator from 1997 to 2005. After the 1997 Michigan Wolverines football team won the national championship, Herrmann received the Frank Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the nation. He also served as the New York Jets' linebackers coach from 2006 to 2008.

Early years[edit]

Herrmann was born in 1960 and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He attended Divine Child High School in Dearborn.[1] He played defensive end for Divine Child football team.[2]

College playing career[edit]

Herrmann enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1979 and played college football as an inside linebacker for head coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1980 to 1982.[1] He started one game at inside linebacker for the 1980 Michigan team, but was otherwise a backup to Andy Cannavino, Paul Girgash and Mike Boren.[3][4][5] In three years at Michigan, Herrmann compiled 65 tackles and three pass breakups.[6]

College coaching career[edit]

In 1985, Herrmann returned to the University of Michigan as an assistant football coach. He was promoted to the status of a full-time assistant coach at age 29 in December 1989.[7] His responsibilities included linebackers and special teams. In December 1996, following the departure of Greg Mattison, Herrmann took over as Michigan's defensive coordinator.[8] In December 1997, after Michigan completed an undefeated season ranked #1 in the AP Poll,[9] and having led the nation in total yards, scoring and pass efficiency,[10] Herrmann won the Frank Broyles Award as the year's top assistant college football coach.[11][12]

In 2004, the Michigan defense gave up 279 points (23.2 points per game), including 75 points in losses to Ohio State and Texas in the final two games.[13] Criticism of Herrman grew during the 2004 season and became even more heated as Michigan lost five games, compiled its worst record in 21 years, and gave up 244 points in 2005 (20.3 points per game).[14][15][16] In February 2006, Herrmann left Michigan to accept a position as linebackers coach with the New York Jets.[17] The Michigan Daily reported at the time that it was not clear whether "Herrmann chose to leave or fled before [he] could be fired or demoted."[18]

NFL coaching career[edit]

Herrmann served as the linebacker coach for the New York Jets from 2006 to 2008.[19] In January 2009, he was hired as the linebackers coach for the New York Giants.[19] He has remained in that position since 2009.[10]

Personal[edit]

Herrmann has three children: Jessica, Cory, and Timmy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All-Time Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Lands Blue Chippers". Ludington Daily News. February 22, 1979. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "1980 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "1981 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1982 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved March 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved March 31, 2015. (to retrieve career statistics, enter "herrmann" in the box for the player's last name)
  7. ^ "No compromise in Bo's discipline". Toledo Blade. December 31, 1989. p. B2. 
  8. ^ "Herrmann new defensive coordinator at Michigan". Reading Eagle. December 18, 1996. p. D3. 
  9. ^ "1997 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Jim Herrmann Bio". New York Giants. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Michigan's Herrmann named top assistant". Kingman Daily Miner. December 11, 1997. p. 6. 
  12. ^ "The Broyles Award". The Rotary Club of Little Rock. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  13. ^ "2004 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ "2004 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Herrmann takes job with the Jets". The Michigan Daily. February 13, 2006. 
  16. ^ "Jim Herrmann's Head". mvictors.com. M Victors. November 10, 2006. ("Herrmann steered the M defense into a state of mediocrity after years of adjustments and tweaks ...")
  17. ^ "UM's Carr gets better coordinated". Toledo Blade. February 14, 2006. p. C1. 
  18. ^ "Changes on Carr's staff anything but trivial". The Michigan Daily. February 13, 2006. p. 3B. 
  19. ^ a b "Giants hire ex-Jets assistant Herrmann as linebackers coach". nfl.com. National Football League. January 22, 2009. Retrieved April 1, 2015.