The ties between Airline Drive and the Wilson Center grew even stronger on Thursday.
Former New Orleans Saints assistant wide receivers coach Carter Sheridan agreed to join Tulane’s football staff, several sources confirmed to The Advocate. Sheridan replaces former Green Wave receivers coach Keith Williams, who after three seasons at Tulane opted to take the same role at Nebraska earlier in the week.
Sheridan has spent the past 11 seasons with the Saints. Six of those overlapped with Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson, who served as the Saints receivers coach from 2006 through 2011.
“Sheridan’s responsibilities include quality control, scouting reports, passing game drawings, film breakdown, scheduling and playbook design, among other duties,” according to the Saints’ website. “He also works closely, on a daily basis, in meetings and practice with the team’s wide receivers. Sheridan started with the Saints as an intern in the marketing department in 2004.”
He’ll have a significant task in front of him to transform the Green Wave receiving corps. The unit caught just 133 passes and seven touchdowns as part of the 85th-ranked aerial attack nationally.
However, he’ll have the advantage of more experience than Williams worked with in 2014. Rising sophomores Teddy Veal, Terren Encalade and Leondre James were all thrust into significant roles last season despite lacking experience and finished the season as the team’s most reliable threats after injuries limited seniors Justyn Shackleford and eliminated Xavier Rush.
Sheridan will also be tasked with boosting recruiting and has ties to Tulane’s two most coveted areas after attending high school at St. Augustine in New Orleans and college at Florida A&M.
There will be at least one other coach added to the Green Wave’s staff this offseason, since Johnson has not yet replaced co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Jon Sumrall, who departed for Troy just days after Tulane’s 10-3 loss to Temple on Dec. 6.