Mike Sherman to coach high school team in Massachusetts

Mike Sherman's next career move has him going back to his roots.

The former Green Bay Packers coach has agreed to become a high school football coach in Massachusetts, he said in a published report.

Nauset Regional High School athletic director Keith Kenyon told the Cape Cod Times that Sherman will take over on the sideline for Kenyon, who had coached the team the past five years.

"I've been fortunate financially over the years, which is allowing me to do this," Sherman told the newspaper. "Back in January I was looking for a place to have a football camp this summer, and Nauset High School came up. Then I heard they were looking for a head football coach.

"It took me a while to pull the trigger. It hasn't been an easy decision because I wanted to make sure I was all 100 percent in."

Kenyon said Sherman will meet the team in the next week. His first on-the-job task will be a camp for skill position players in June, the newspaper reported.

The 60-year-old Sherman was born in Norwood, Massachusetts, and lives in West Dennis, about 30 minutes from his new job in North Eastham.

"When I came to the Cape a year ago I felt I was done in coaching," Sherman told the Times. "I explored other outside opportunities, but I kept coming back to the fact I missed coaching. I missed the players and the preparation that goes into a season. I missed the ebb and flow, handling the highs and the lows.

"I have always admired high school coaches who give their time to their players. They have a chance to impact young lives."

Sherman coached the Packers from 2000 to '05, compiling a 57-39 record and making four playoff appearances. He was fired after a 4-12 season.

His next head-coaching gig lasted four seasons at Texas A&M. Most recently he was the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, who dismissed him after the 2013 season. He spent the 2014 season doing consulting work for the NFL and college teams.

After coaching Brett Favre and Johnny Manziel, Sherman will now be pursuing a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association state title.

"Everything is relative," Sherman told the newspaper. "Maybe we don't have a Pro Bowl player at QB, but there is a good chance our opponent isn't defending with a Pro Bowl cornerback either. We'll adjust to wherever our talent leads us."