BOULDER -University of Colorado head football coach Jon Embree officially added his final assistant coach to his first staff Monday, naming Rip Scherer an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.
"I'm very excited to get Rip Scherer to be our quarterbacks coach," Embree said. "I called five different coaches around the NFL and his name came up with each of them, and three of them had never coached with him, so his reputation speaks for itself. He's a great teacher, a great technician which I feel you have to have at that position, and he has the right temperament. It's a great addition; he's the icing on the cake to complete my staff."
Scherer, 58, comes to Colorado and returns to the college ranks after a six year stint in the NFL. He worked the past two seasons at the Carolina Panthers, where he was the quarterbacks coach after spending the previous four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Prior to that, he had spent the previous 31 years coaching at 11 different colleges coast to coast.
"I'm excited to be here, it's a great opportunity," Scherer said. "To come in at the beginning of a new staff when there's a lot of enthusiasm and good coaches and good people around, I'm looking forward to it."
At Carolina, Scherer was integral in the development of Matt Moore, who led the Panthers to a 4-1 record starting the last five games of the 2009 season and generating a 104.9 quarterback rating after veteran Jake Delhomme sustained an injury. With injuries taking their toll on the 2010 stable of quarterbacks, Scherer and the Panthers used four different quarterbacks under center throughout the season.
In Cleveland, he served as the quarterbacks coach all four seasons from 2005-08, the final two adding assistant head coaching duties to his responsibilities. In his time there, he helped develop Derek Anderson, who was selected to the 2007 Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns as the Browns boasted the eighth-best offense in the NFL in terms of scoring and passing yards per game.
He entered the NFL after 31 years of experience at 11 different schools including stints in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC, including two stops as a head coach at James Madison and Memphis. Prior to joining the Browns, he was an assistant coach at Southern Mississippi from 2003-04 where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He held the same title at Kansas for the 2001 season, when he coached a game in Boulder against several of his current colleagues including Embree, Eric Bieniemy, Brian Cabral and Steve Marshall during the Buffs' Big 12 Championship run.
He went to Kansas from Memphis, where he was the head coach from 1995-2000. He helped the Tigers to the school's only victory over Tennessee, who was ranked No. 6 in 1996, a victory that was tabbed the "Upset of the Year" in college football by several news organizations. Prior to coaching at Memphis, he was the head coach at James Madison from 1991-94, during a time when the Dukes set or tied over 140 school records and helped them to a 10-3 record in 1994 and 29-19 record in four years.
He was also the offensive coordinator at Arizona, Alabama and Georgia Tech. He was in Tucson from 1988-90, the first season as the director of football operations and then the offensive coordinator the final two years. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at Alabama in 1987 and Georgia Tech in 1986, where he was on staff from 1980-86, first as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator in 1980-81 and running backs coach and run game coordinator from 1982-84. He was also an assistant athletic director at Georgia Tech in 1985 before returning to the field the next season.
He started his coaching career at Penn State under legendary coach Joe Paterno as a graduate assistant in 1974-75 and then moved to North Carolina State, where he was the quarterbacks coach in 1976 before moving on to Hawai'i as the running backs coach in 1977-78. He coached the quarterbacks at Virginia in 1979 before going to Georgia Tech.
A 1974 graduate of William & Mary, he played quarterback there and lettered three times from 1970-73. He his a native of Pittsburgh where his dad, Rip Sr., was a long time high school football coach.