Mike Sherels named Gophers new linebackers coach

MINNEAPOLIS — The Gophers’ new linebackers coach is a familiar face.

The University of Minnesota announced Friday that Mike Sherels has been promoted to take over for Bill Miller as the coach of the team’s linebackers. Sherels, who played for the Gophers from 2003-07, has been on head coach Jerry Kill’s staff since 2011. His most recent position before Friday’s promotion was as Minnesota’s assistant coordinator of recruiting operations.

Sherels, a native of Rochester, Minn., began his playing career as a walk-on linebacker but went on to serve as team captain for his junior and senior seasons. He now replaces Miller, who left the Gophers to take the same job at Florida State.

"I am extremely thankful to coach Kill and the rest of the staff for having the belief in me to handle this job," Sherels said in a statement. "It is a dream come true to coach at my alma mater and to represent my home state."

Sherels’ previous responsibilities on the coaching staff included defensive graduate assistant in 2013. Before that, he was a special assistant to Kill.

"Mike is a terrific on-field coach and is a relatable presence to today’s players," Kill said. "I cannot wait to see him recruit, as nobody can tell our story better than him. I expect his transition to be a smooth one and am excited to see him embrace his new role."

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