The Pittsburgh Steelers made an expected announcement Thursday morning as veteran NFL coach Ray Sherman has now been named the team’s interim wide receivers coach for the 2019 season.
Sherman will now assume the role on the coaching staff that Darryl Drake previously held. Drake passed away suddenly a week ago Sunday at the age of 62 in his dorm room at Saint Vincent College while the team was in the final stages of their 2019 training camp. Sherman had been helping out with the Steelers wide receivers throughout training camp this year, according to several media reports.
Sherman, who originally broke into the coaching ranks in 1974 as a graduate assistant at San Jose State, has since coached for 9 different NFL franchises since first breaking into the league in 1988 with the Houston Oilers as a running backs coach. Most-recently, Sherman was the wide receivers coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2012-2015. He was also the Steelers offensive coordinator during the 1998 season but re-signed after just one year in Pittsburgh.
Sherman will likely continue to be assisted with the wide receivers this season by the team’s current offensive assistant Blaine Stewart, who is now in his second season with the organization.
The Steelers announced this past Saturday morning that they will pay tribute to Drake all throughout the 2019 season with a gold helmet decal that features his initials in black.
You can read Sherman’s last full NFL team bio from the 2015 season, his last with the Rams, below.