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Rip Scherer's Biography

Rip Scherer
Assistant Head Coach and Quarterbacks Coach
Year with Browns: 3rd
Year in NFL: 3rd

Rip Scherer was named Assistant Head Coach and Quarterbacks Coach on Jan. 27, 2007.  Scherer is entering his third season with the Browns, and served as the quarterbacks coach for the previous two seasons.  Scherer joined the Browns in 2005 with over 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level.  Scherer has the responsibility tutoring young quarterbacks Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson and Ken Dorsey.

Prior to joining the Browns, Scherer spent two seasons (2003-04) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Southern Mississippi after serving as co-offensive coordinator at University of Kansas in 2001.

Scherer was the head coach at James Madison University from 1991-94, and during that time the team set or tied over 140 school records.  While Scherer served as the head coach at University of Memphis (1995-00), the club registered the first and only victory over the University of Tennessee in school history. 

Scherer was also the offensive coordinator at University of Arizona (1989-90), University of Alabama (1987) and Georgia Tech (1981, 1986).  He also served as assistant athletic director at Georgia Tech in 1985 and director of football operations at Arizona in 1988.

Scherer started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under legendary coach Joe Paterno at Penn State University in 1974 and went on to coach quarterbacks at North Carolina State University (1976), running backs at the University of Hawaii (1977-78) and quarterbacks at University of Virginia (1979).

Scherer was a three-year letterman at College of William and Mary from 1970-74, where he played quarterback.  Born August 3, 1952, Scherer and his wife, Michele, have three children: Scott, Melanie and Ryan.

Coaching Background:                      

  • 1974-75            Penn State University, graduate assistant
  • 1976                 North Carolina State University, part-time assistant quarterbacks coach
  • 1977-78            University of Hawaii, running backs coach
  • 1979                 University of Virginia, quarterbacks coach
  • 1980-81            Georgia Tech, quarterbacks coach
  • 1982-84            Georgia Tech, running backs coach
  • 1985                 Georgia Tech, assistant athletic director
  • 1986                 Georgia Tech, quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator
  • 1987                 University of Alabama, offensive coordinator
  • 1988-90            University of Arizona, offensive coordinator/director of football operations (1988)
  • 1991-94            James Madison University, head coach
  • 1995-2000         University of Memphis, head coach
  • 2001                 University of Kansas, co-offensive coordinator
  • 2003-04            University of Southern Mississippi, offensive coordinator
  • 2005-06            Cleveland Browns, quarterbacks coach  
  • 2007                 Cleveland Browns, assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach
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