Mike Sherels was promoted to linebacker coach in March 2014 and led the linebackers for the first time during 2014 spring practice.
Sherels coached All-Big Ten First Team honoree Damien Wilson in 2014. Wilson led Minnesota with 119 tackles (third in the Big Ten). He made 10.5 tackles-for-loss, which included 4.0 sacks. Wilson also recorded one interception, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Two more members of Sherels' linebacking corps were in the Gophers' top six tacklers, as De'Vondre Campbell made 75 stops (third) and Jack Lynn made 57 (sixth).
Sherels worked with the linebackers as a defensive graduate assistant in 2013 and most recently was an assistant coordinator of recruiting operations with the Gophers. Sherels joined the staff in early 2011 as aspecial assistant to the head coach. He has also worked closely with Minnesota's alumni.
The Rochester, Minn., native graduated from Minnesota in 2007 with a degree in business and marketing education and received his master's degree in May 2014. He played for the Gophers from 2003-07 and served as a captain during his junior and senior year. He is the only Minnesota walk-on ever to be named a two-time captain. Sherels started 30 games and recorded 219 tackles during his four-year career. His 104 tackles in 2006 led the Gophers.
Sherels' career at Minnesota was also decorated with off-field accolades. As a senior, he was honored with the Neil Fredenburg Award for Courage and Love of the Game. As a junior, he was presented with the Carl Eller Award as the team's most outstanding defensive player and the Paul Giel Award for Unselfishness and Most Concern about the University of Minnesota.
Sherels and his wife, Emily, have one daughter, Valerie, who was born in Texas, while the Gophers were in Houston for the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl.