Former Michigan QB Sheridan promoted to WKU quarterbacks coach

Nick Sheridan

Brad Stephens

WKU has filled at least one vacancy on its coaching staff, promoting graduate assistant Nick Sheridan to the position of quarterbacks coach.

Sheridan will assume a role formerly held by Head Coach Willie Taggart, who also served as quarterbacks coach in 2011 after former assistant Mike Sanford Jr. departed for Stanford University.

Sheridan’s promotion has not been formally announced by the athletic department.

However, when Recruiting Coordinator Eric Mathies was introducing WKU position coaches Wednesday at the Toppers’ National Signing Day reception, he introduced Sheridan as the team’s quarterback coach.

Sheridan played quarterback at the University of Michigan, seeing action in nine games for the Wolverines between 2008 and 2009.

Sheridan inherits a quarterback group that includes rising senior incumbent Kawaun Jakes, rising sophomore Brandon Doughty and newcomer DaMarcus Smith, a four-star prospect from the class of 2011 who isn’t currently eligible.

The Toppers’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coaching positions both remain vacant in the wake of Zach Azzanni’s departure to Wisconsin in January.

Taggart declined comment on the status of these coaching searches.

“We will (comment) once we get this recruiting thing out of the way,” he said. “Recruiting was 1-A on my task list. From there on, we’ll pick up from there. I’m sure we’ll have something here soon.”