Mike Sherels joined the University of Minnesota football staff in early 2011. He currently serves as a Defensive Graduate Assistant and Director of Alumni Relations. In 2011, Sherels served as Special Assistant to the Head Coach as well as Director of Alumni Relations.
Sherels played for the Gophers from 2004-07. He started 30 games for the Golden Gophers. Sherels recorded 219 total tackles during his four years donning the Maroon and Gold. 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. He is the only walk-on ever to be named a two time captain.
Sherels, a native of Rochester, Minn., is a 2007 University of Minnesota graduate, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Marketing Education. He is currently pursuing a Master of Education Degree in Sport Management. His wife, Emily, is in her fifth season with the Men's Basketball program. The family resides in Apple Valley.