|Position:||Assistant Athletic Director, Football|
|Alma Mater:||William & Mary '74|
Rip Scherer, a past collegiate head coach, enters his first season as senior associate head coach and will be in charge of UCLA's tight ends. He had been working in the UCLA athletic administration since June of 2013, with oversight of the football program as one of his primary duties.
Scherer came to UCLA in the summer of 2013 after serving two seasons as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at the University of Colorado. In all, he has 33 years of full-time coaching experience (27 in college and six in the pros).
In his first CU season, he worked with a young quarterback group and helped develop Tyler Hansen into a free agent signing with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Scherer worked in the NFL during the 2009-10 seasons for the Carolina Panthers, where he was the quarterbacks coach after spending the previous four campaigns (2005-08) with the Cleveland Browns. Prior to that, he had logged time at 11 different schools, from coast to coast, in just over three decades in the collegiate ranks.
At Carolina (under head coach John Fox), Scherer was integral in the development of former Bruin quarterback Matt Moore, who led the Panthers to a 4-1 record while starting the last five games of the 2009 season and generating a 104.9 quarterback rating after veteran Jake Delhomme sustained an injury. With injuries taking their toll on the 2010 stable of quarterbacks, Scherer and the Panthers used four different quarterbacks under center throughout the season.
In Cleveland, (under head coach Romeo Crennel) he served as the quarterbacks coach all four seasons from 2005-08, the final two adding assistant head coaching duties to his responsibilities. In his time there, he helped develop Derek Anderson, who was selected to the 2007 Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns as the Browns boasted the eighth-best offense in the NFL in terms of scoring and passing yards per game.
Scherer entered the professional ranks after he had coaching stints in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC, including two stops as a collegiate head coach at James Madison and Memphis. Prior to joining the Browns, he was an assistant coach at Southern Mississippi (under head coach Jeff Bower) in 2003-04 where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He held the same title at Kansas (under head coach Terry Allen) for the 2001 season.
He went to Kansas from Memphis, where he served as head coach of the Tigers from 1995- 2000, compiling a 22-44 record. He coached Memphis to the school's first-ever win over Tennessee, 21-17, with the Volunteers ranked No. 6 at the time in 1996 and quarterbacked by Peyton Manning, a victory that was tabbed the "Upset of the Year" in college football by several news organizations (Memphis had been 0-15 against the Vols in its history). Prior to coaching at Memphis, he was the head coach at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA from 1991-94, during a time when the Dukes set or tied over 140 school records. Scherer helped them to a 10-3 record in 1994 and 29-19 record in four years.
Scherer was also the offensive coordinator at Arizona (Dick Tomey), Alabama (Bill Curry) and Georgia Tech (Bill Curry). He was in Tucson from 1988-90, the first season as the director of football operations and then the offensive coordinator the final two years. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at Alabama in 1987 and Georgia Tech in 1986, where he was on staff from 1980-86, first as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator in 1980-81 and running backs coach and run game coordinator from 1982-84. He was also an assistant athletic director at Georgia Tech in 1985 before returning to the field the next season.
He started his coaching career at Penn State under legendary coach Joe Paterno as a graduate assistant in 1974-75 and then moved to North Carolina State (Bo Rein), where he was the quarterbacks coach in 1976 before moving on to Hawai'i as the running backs coach in 1977-78 (Dick Tomey). He coached the quarterbacks at Virginia in 1979 (Dick Bestwick) before going to Georgia Tech. Scherer earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education from William & Mary in 1974, where he lettered three times at QB under head coach Lou Holtz from 1971-73.
PERSONAL — He was born August 3, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduated from Toms River (N.J.) South High School, where he lettered in football. He is married to the former Michele Ragone, and the couple has three children, Scott (who played quarterback under his dad at Memphis), Melanie and Ryan (who played wide receiver at Penn State). His father, Rip Sr., was a long time high school football coach in Pittsburgh.