Vol. 19, No. 33

June 8, 2000

Former Hen standout is new baseball head coach

Jim Sherman, who has led the UD baseball team to national success as both a player and an assistant coach, has been named the new head coach of the Blue Hen baseball team, Edgar N. Johnson, athletics, announced May 23.

Sherman, 40, who has served as a Delaware assistant coach since 1995 and was named associate head coach this past fall, takes over for Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hannah, who will step down after this season, with 36 years at the helm. Sherman is the 15th head baseball coach in UD history and just the third since 1956.

"We are pleased to have Jim take over our baseball head coaching position at Delaware," Johnson said. "He is a quality young coach and an outstanding baseball person. His previous experience at both Wilmington College and as an assistant under Coach Hannah speaks for itself. He has been heavily involved in the transition this year, and he'll hit the ground running. We have no doubt that he will continue the great tradition and success of Blue Hen baseball."

Sherman came to Delaware as an assistant coach in 1995 after serving seven years as head coach and six years as athletic director at neighboring Wilmington College. He was promoted to the position of associate head coach in September when Hannah announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2000 season.

Sherman serves as Delaware's third base coach and has helped the Blue Hens post an incredible record of 249-87 during his six seasons, a span that has seen the Hens capture five America East titles and advance to five NCAA regional tournaments.

Sherman was 215-125 in his seven seasons at Wilmington, winning six district titles, two regional titles, and making two trips to the NAIA World Series.

In 1993, he served as coach of the East team at the Olympic Baseball Trials.

"I'm ecstatic over the fact that Jim will be the head coach," Hannah said. "I've known him for a long time as a player and assistant coach, and I'm familiar with his strengths. I know he will be a great asset to the program and do a great job. I'm thrilled that when I step down, Delaware has a guy of Jim's caliber to take over."

Sherman enjoyed an outstanding career on the field for the Blue Hens in 1979-82, hitting .347 in his career as a slugging outfielder. While playing at Delaware, Sherman led the Hens to three NCAA Regional appearances before being drafted in the 14th round of the 1982 amateur baseball draft by Houston.

"This is a dream come true," Sherman said. "I'm a local guy and had the chance to play for Coach Hannah, and now I have the opportunity to take over the program. I feel honored. I'm happy to be following the footsteps of a legend in a good strong program. This program is on such solid ground and I hope to make it stronger. I know the expectations of the job and I'm familiar with our league and the coaches so I expect the transition to be easy."