After six years in the National Football League with the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns, Rip Scherer is returning to the college ranks to coach quarterbacks at Colorado in 2011, CU coach Jon Embree announced today.
"I'm very excited to get Rip Scherer to be our quarterbacks coach," Embree said in a press release. "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, had more than 30 years of coaching experience. His career began in the mid-19070s at Penn State. He served as head coach at Memphis in the 1990s and has coached at various other stops across the nation.
"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."
Scherer inherits a collection of quarterbacks led by senior-to-be Tyler Hansen, who is coming off a ruptured spleen injury that ended his 2010 season prematurely. The program also has Nick Hirschman entering his redshirt freshman season and recently signed junior college transfer Brent Burnette.
Players such as Harold Mobley, who practiced at tight end during his redshirt season last fall, and Josh Moten, who practiced as a cornerback during his redshirt season in 2010, also might get a look at quarterback from Scherer and Embree.