Coach Sheridan Returns to Raleigh

Coach Sheridan was at practice the other day after visiting friend and Wolfpack family member David Horning who is dealing with some complicated medical issues. First and foremost, our best wishes and prayers go out to David Horning and his family.

Back in 2007 O’Brien had Sheridan come speak to his first High School Coaches’ Clinic. This was clearly an olive branch to the many NC high school coaches who TOB realized may have felt slighted by the prior regime. That event was described here by This is a great read in case you missed the previous discussion here at SFN. (It’s extremely interesting to go back and read those comments from 2007. Oh how some things have changed in two years… and oh how some have not.)

Coach Sheridan spoke with the media at practice, and Ken Tysiac put that conversation on his blog over at the Charlotte Observer. Please take a moment to read the interview as it’s textbook Sheridan.

Like many of you, my respect for Sheridan will never wane. I’ve spoken to numerous former Sheridan-era Pack players, and each of them speak of Sheridan with complete respect and admiration. I’m not sure I’ve spoken to a group of players in any sport at any level who hold their former coach in such unanimous high regard.

And that’s why this particular answer makes me giddy:

Q: Coach, how much fun is it for you and how much pride do you have being around the red and white and on the sidelines?

A: It’s very enjoyable to me. I have a lot of respect for Coach (Tom) O’Brien and his staff. I like watching them work and the pace and tempo of practice and the teaching that’s going on. They’re doing a fantastic job in my opinion and I have a lot of respect for them.

It also brings me much joy to see TOB’s continued efforts to rejuvenate previously lost relationships with NC State Football’s past successes. As State fans there are only a few periods of recent history for which we can have complete and unfettered pride. Without a doubt Sheridan’s tenure in Raleigh is one of those periods. This, to me, is just another example of some of the intangible things that TOB has done that make me excited about the future.

This is something to be excited about… I hope I’m able to be in the stands if and when this happens:

Q: Do you plan to come back and speak to the team at some point?

A: Well, they don’t know who I am and they don’t care (laughing). It would be an honor to come back and do that. . . .I’ve been invited to toss the coin before the North Carolina game. I guess they felt like we had some good luck against the Tar Heels. Maybe I can bring a little luck.

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16 Responses to Coach Sheridan Returns to Raleigh

  1. choppack1 08/20/2009 at 5:47 PM #

    I’m glad to see TOB making such efforts to re-engage Sheridan. I’m also glad that Sheridan is receptive to them.

    I’d love it if Sheridan were to flip the coin vs. UNC.

  2. Wufpacker 08/20/2009 at 6:50 PM #

    ^Agreed. Having Sheridan involved with the program, even if in an unofficial capacity, can be nothing but beneficial.

  3. highstick 08/20/2009 at 7:07 PM #

    If Sheridan flips the coin, I’d bet Butchy would flip out! Great to hear his positive comments.

  4. McCallum 08/20/2009 at 7:27 PM #

    There are people out there that think canning Amato was a mistake.

    I’m not one of them but they are out there (in more ways than one).

    TOB doing it right.


  5. CStanley 08/20/2009 at 8:47 PM #

    Great coach and a great guy. Good to see him back involved with the program.

    Didn’t he flip the coin for the ’07 game? I know he was there.

  6. blpack 08/20/2009 at 8:54 PM #

    Sheridan was such a class act during his time at coach. It is good for the past and current coaches connecting in this way. The kids on the team now may not know who DS is, but he is bright spot from days gone by. Kudos to TOB for making this happen.

  7. highstick 08/20/2009 at 11:55 PM #

    McCallum, are those the same folks that keep thinking that we have a basketball team???

  8. McCallum 08/21/2009 at 5:41 AM #


    I’m not sure highstick. I’ve run into a few, and I mean a few, individuals that were all in on Chuck and remain so. The thing is that there was always a ready excuse for every problem EXCEPT Chuck.

    Team doesn’t get out of the huddle in time, well that is the fault of the quarterback. Team lines up off sides, that is the fault of the player. Coaches come and coaches go, that is no fault of the guy in charge. The concept that good managers attract good employees or good players simply has no impact on these people. There is a disconnect between overall view and the implementation of that view which provides action.

    Sheridan never made excuses and TOB doesn’t make excuses. We can all recall the excuse for being beaten by Akron right?


  9. Noah 08/21/2009 at 8:56 AM #

    People still defend Amato because he attended NC State back in the day. These are the same people who defend Sidney Lowe.

    “one of us, one of us…”

  10. McCallum 08/21/2009 at 4:04 PM #

    Taking up for a fellow alum is one thing. Backing up crappy coaching is another.

    Sid is in way over his head and he was hired by the near biggest jacka$$ in the universe. To that you can also say Sid does not have an ego the size of the Rockingham Speedway.


  11. waxhaw 08/21/2009 at 5:11 PM #

    I’m not sure what bashing Amato has to do with this thread. TOB is an awesome coach and person and it’s obvious that Dick Sheridan realizes that. They are similar in a lot of ways.

  12. McCallum 08/22/2009 at 7:11 AM #

    Nobody is bashing Amato but simply pointing out his inferior coaching ability.


  13. Greywolf 08/22/2009 at 3:00 PM #

    waxhaw Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 5:11 pm I’m not sure what bashing Amato has to do with this thread. TOB is an awesome coach and person and it’s obvious that Dick Sheridan realizes that. They are similar in a lot of ways.

    McCallum Says:
    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:11 am Nobody is bashing Amato but simply pointing out his inferior coaching ability.

    The question is, “What does Amato’s inferior coaching ability have to do with this thread?”

  14. McCallum 08/22/2009 at 8:25 PM #

    A statement on doing it right.

    The current coach and the former coach are antithetical to one another. The fact that TOB brought in Sheridan, a coach he has much in common with, speaks volumes as does the alumni reunion prior to the spring game.

    But next time you are heading south on I-85 near Clemson take the Townville exit. Turn right and drive through Townville until you see the Southern States on the right. Pull in and grab a 6 1/2 oz Coke in a bottle and ask J. Redmon about how Amato treated him and some other former players when they tried to stop in at practice.


  15. highstick 08/23/2009 at 10:15 PM #

    Went by that exit on Friday and again today going and coming from Lake Lanier.

  16. tvp1 08/23/2009 at 11:17 PM #

    TOB = Sheridan redux. And that’s a very good thing.

    Had FSU not joined the conference, Sheridan would have won a couple of ACC titles. At that time FSU was so dominant no one could touch them. TOB is Sheridan-like and will build that kind of program here, but there’s on 800 pound gorilla now blocking the way (although there are more teams to fight through). I would bet money on TOB getting us to a BCS game before he retires.

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