Jim “Sherm” Sherman, the University of Delaware chief baseball coach, a New Castle native and a fixture in the state of Delaware for more than 30 years, will retire at the end of the 2022 season.
“It’s hard for me to put into words what Coach Sherman has done for Delaware and Delaware Baseball,” said Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Director Chrissi Rawak. “Since day one it was clear how much he cared about this program and our student-athlete experience and it has never wavered. I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Coach Sherm and excited to to be able to cheer him and this team during his last season of coaching.”
Sherman, a former standout outfielder for the Blue Hens, is entering his 22nd and final year as the head coach of the Blue Hen baseball program. Entering his 28th season overall, Sherman is number 22 on the active all-time win list in Division I baseball and will finish second in the Blue Hen career win record book. In his 21 years with UD, Sherman has led the Blue Hens to an overall record of 581-506 for a win rate of 0.534.
Inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2012, Sherman was hired in 2000 as the 15th head coach in UD history and only the third since 1956.
“It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of the Delaware baseball coach for the past 28 years,” said Sherman. “I will cherish all the memories I made here as a player, assistant coach and head coach. There are so many people to thank, including Bob Hannah, all my assistant coaches, especially former assistant Dan Hammer, our administration, all my current and former players, and my family. Although I will retire from baseball at the end of the spring, I will still be there because I plan to continue working in the UD Athletics Department.”
On May 25, 2012, Sherman became the second coach in UD history to win 500 games. Sherman won his 700th game as a collegiate head coach in Delaware’s CAA Tournament win over UNCW. His overall record of 28 years in head coaching, including a seven-year stint at Wilmington (Del.) University from 1987-94, stands at an impressive 799-634 (.558). He coached his 1000th game in Delaware on May 7, 2017.
Sherman’s career in Delaware includes serving as UD’s associate head coach from 1995-2000. In 2001, he took over from Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hannah, who retired after the 2000 season after 36 years at the helm of the UD baseball program.
“Jim was known as an outstanding hitting instructor during his two decades as the head coach of the Delaware baseball program,” Hannah said. “He was considered one of the best collegiate coaches in the country, and his clubs were always well prepared and highly competitive. He will be missed among his peers and the hundreds of players he led to success in the game. I thank him for that.” the dedication and consistency he brought to our program.”
Twenty-six of his batters and 15 of his pitchers went on to play professional baseball. During his time at Delaware as an assistant and head coach, the Blue Hens drafted 39 players.
The Blue Hens open the 2022 season on the road at Stetson on Friday, February 18. Delaware will honor Sherman during the Elon series scheduled for May 6-8. The Blue Hens will close the regular season at home at Bob Hannah Stadium on Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 PM against Northeastern.
Read Sherman’s full announcement on BlueHens.com, including Sherman’s letter to fellow Blue Hens.