The Times West Virginian

July 21, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN: Sherwood still going strong at 64

By Mickey Furfari
Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — Mike Sherwood, one of the greatest quarterbacks in West Virginia’s football history, is still active in another sport at the age of 64.

After numerous years in two careers of coaching and high school administration, he now is in his third year as supervisor of golf facilities at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.

“I like what I’m doing a lot,” said Sherwood, who’s a native of Bellaire, Ohio. “Oglebay is a beautiful place. I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid.”

He still plays golf when he finds the time.

Sherwood was a three-year starter for Coach Jim Carlen at WVU in 1968-69-70. After Carlen left, the legendary Bobby Bowden took over the reins in Sherwood’s senior season.

“It really wasn’t much different for me,” he noted. Bowden had coached the quarterbacks as offensive coordinator under Carlen since 1966.

In leading the Mountaineers to a three-year record of 25-7, Sherwood set some school records as both a passer and runner.

Sherwood, who still lives in Bellaire, posted impressive numbers for that period of football. He completed 329 of 573 passes for 4,321 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also rushed 224 times for a net 154 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Sherwood still ranks in the school’s Top 10 in a couple of career categories.

When he was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound signal-caller ranked among the school career leaders in total offense, passing yards, pass completions, pass attempts, touchdown passes, touchdowns responsible for, passing efficiency, completion percentage, 200-yard passing games and 200-yard total offense games.

Ironically, Sherwood came to WVU after playing just one season of prep football at Bellaire High School. He missed his junior year because of an injury. But he led his team to a 9-1 record as a senior.

He had tallied 1,215 yards and 140 points.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1970, he remained at WVU as a graduate assistant for coaches Bobby Bowden and Frank Cignetti. He earned a master’s degree in 1974.

Then Sherwood served stints at both Bethany College (1974-78) and Waynesburg (Pa.) College (1978-79) as offensive coordinator. He also served as head track and field coach at each of those colleges.

In 1980, Sherwood returned to Bellaire High where he rounded out the remainder of his outstanding athletic, coaching and administrative careers.

He was head football coach for four years (26-12-2 record). Sherwood was named 1980 Eastern District Coach of the Year.

Sherwood became the school’s athletic director in 1984 and then assumed the additional responsibility of assistant principal for seven years.

In 1993, he gave up the position of athletic director to devote full time to his assistant principal job. Eventually he became the principal.

He retired in 2010.

Sherwood led WVU to its 14-3 win upset over favored South Carolina in the 1969 Peach Bowl at Atlanta, Ga.

He and his wife Pam have been married 37 years. They have two grown children, Kelli (32) and Matt (31), and two grandchildren.