Rip Scherer

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Rip Scherer
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Tight ends coach
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born (1952-08-03) August 3, 1952 (age 64)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1970–1973 William & Mary
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1975 Penn State (GA)
1976 NC State (QB)
1977–1978 Hawaii (RB)
1979 Virginia (QB)
1980–1986 Georgia Tech (QB/OC)
1987 Alabama (OC)
1988–1990 Arizona (OC)
1991–1994 James Madison
1995–2000 Memphis
2001 Kansas (co-OC)
2003–2004 Southern Miss (OC)
2005–2008 Cleveland Browns (assistant HC / QB)
2009–2010 Carolina Panthers (QB)
2011–2012 Colorado (assistant HC / QB)
2016–present UCLA (TE)
Head coaching record
Overall 51–63
Tournaments 1–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Yankee Mid-Atlantic Division (1994)

William Bernard "Rip" Scherer, Jr. (born August 3, 1952) is an American football coach and former player. He is the tight ends coach at UCLA.[1] He previously served as quarterbacks coach/assistant head coach for the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, offensive coordinator for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, offensive coordinator for the Kansas Jayhawks, head coach of the Memphis Tigers, head coach of the James Madison Dukes, offensive coordinator of the Arizona Wildcats, offensive coordinator of the Alabama Crimson Tide, quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, quarterbacks coach of the Virginia Cavaliers, running backs coach of the Hawaii Warriors, and quarterbacks coach of the NC State Wolfpack. He started his coaching at Penn State in 1974. Scherer was also previously the associate athletic director at UCLA.

Scherer is the cousin of Kevin Colbert, Vice President of Football Operations for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He the son of longtime Pittsburgh-area high school coach William "Rip" Scherer.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NCAA# TSN°
James Madison Dukes (NCAA Division I-AA independent) (1992–1994)
1991 James Madison 9–4 L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 16
1992 James Madison 4–7
James Madison Dukes (Yankee Conference) (1993–1994)
1993 James Madison 6–5 4–4 3rd (Mid-Atlantic)
1994 James Madison 10–3 6–2 T–1st (Mid-Atlantic) L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 13
James Madison: 29–19 10–6
Memphis Tigers (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1995)
1995 Memphis 3–8
Memphis Tigers (Conference USA) (1996–2000)
1996 Memphis 4–7 2–3 T–3rd
1997 Memphis 4–7 2–4 T–4th
1998 Memphis 2–9 1–5 T–7th
1999 Memphis 5–6 4–2 T–2nd
2000 Memphis 4–7 2–5 T–7th
Memphis: 22–44 11–19
Total: 51–63
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistant coaches under Rip Scherer who became NCAA head coaches:


  1. ^ "Football Staff Hires and Promotion". UCLA Athletics. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ McGill, Andrew (December 31, 2012). "Obituary: William 'Rip' Scherer / Former running back at Penn State knew value of hard work". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 

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