Rip Scherer was named the Panthers quarterbacks coach on January 22, 2009 following four seasons as an NFL assistant and more than 30 years as a college coach.
Scherer spent the previous four seasons with Cleveland, serving as quarterbacks coach from 2005-2006 before adding assistant head coach to his responsibilities from 2007-2008. With the Browns, he directed the development of the young corps of signal callers that included Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. In 2007, Scherer helped Anderson get selected to the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns and worked with an offense that ranked eighth in the NFL in scoring and yards per game.
He entered the NFL coaching ranks with more than 30 years of experience on the college level. Prior to joining Cleveland, Scherer spent two seasons from 2003-04 at Southern Mississippi as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and the 2001 season at Kansas as co-offensive coordinator.
During Scherer's tenure as head coach at Memphis from 1995-2000, the Tigers registered their first and only victory over Tennessee in school history. He was the head coach at James Madison from 1991-94, and during that time the Dukes set or tied more than 140 school records.
Scherer was also the offensive coordinator at Arizona from 1989-90, Alabama in 1987 and Georgia Tech in 1986 after serving as the Yellow Jackets quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator from 1980-81 and running backs coach/run game coordinator from 1982-84. Additionally, he worked as assistant athletic director at Georgia Tech in 1985 and director of football operations at Arizona in 1988.
He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under legendary coach Joe Paterno at Penn State in 1974 and went on to coach quarterbacks at North Carolina State in 1976, running backs at Hawaii from 1977-78 and quarterbacks at Virginia in 1979.
Playing and Personal
Scherer was a three-year letterman at William & Mary from 1970-73, where he played quarterback. He and his wife, Michele, have three children: Scott, Melanie and Ryan.
Quarterback: William & Mary 1970-73. College coach: Penn State 1974-75, North Carolina State 1976, Hawaii 1977-78, Virginia 1979, Georgia Tech 1980-86, Alabama 1987, Arizona 1988-90, James Madison 1991-94 (head coach), Memphis 1995-2000 (head coach), Kansas 2001, Southern Mississippi 2003-04. Pro coach: Cleveland Browns 2005-2008, joined Panthers in 2009.