June 30, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming headfootball coach Dana Dimel announced today the hiring of Derrick Shepard asan assistant coach. Shepard is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma,where he was a wide receiver on the Sooners 1985 National Championship team.Shepard's hiring is subject to University of Wyoming Board of Trusteesapproval.
Shepard worked as a graduate assistant coach at his alma materduring the 1998 season. He will coach the receivers at Wyoming. From1983-86, Shepard was a four-year lettermen on the Oklahoma football team.His 70 career receptions and 1,090 receiving yards rank sixth and ninth,respectively, in OU school history.
Following an outstanding college career, Shepard began a five-yearcareer in the NFL. He signed as a free agent with the Washington Redskinsin 1987. Shepard played for the Redskins for two seasons (1987 and '88),and was a member of their 1987 Super Bowl Championship team. In 1989, hebegan the season with the New Orleans Saints and then moved to the DallasCowboys franchise where he played for the 1989, '90 and '91 seasons. He wasthe Cowboys leading punt returner in 1989 and '90.
"Derrick (Shepard) brings with him years of experience playing inthe NFL," said Dimel. "Through the experience he gained at that level, Ibelieve he will be able to provide our players with an outstanding knowledgeof the game. He has a great understanding of what it takes to be successfulat the college level -- being part of a National Championship team as aplayer at Oklahoma. The thing I like most about Derrick is I think he hasan excellent ability to relate to players, and help them become the bestthey can be on and off the field."
After completing his NFL playing career, Shepard began his coachingcareer at Webster Middle School in Oklahoma City, where he was the headfootball coach for one year. He then moved to U.S. Grant High School inOklahoma City, where he was an assistant football coach and strength andconditioning coach for three years before taking the graduate assistantposition at OU.
"To be a receivers coach at Wyoming, is a great opportunity," saidShepard. "I've heard a lot of good things about the group of young men wehave coming back. They are an experienced group, and I've been told by ourother coaches that they are a very hard-working group. I'm definitelylooking forward to working with them."
Shepard earned a bachelor of science degree in communications fromOklahoma. He was part of a team that posted a four-year record of 39-8-1(.823). The Sooners were Big Eight Champions each of his final threeseasons 1984, '85 and '86. In '85 and '86, OU was undefeated in conferenceplay, 14-0, and posted identical 11-1 overall records both seasons.Oklahoma culminated the 1985 season with a 25-10 win over Penn State in theOrange Bowl to win the National Championship. His senior season of '86,Shepard's Sooners finished the season ranked No. 3 in both national polls.
A native of Odessa, Texas, Shepard is 35 years old (born Jan. 22,1964). He and his wife Cheri have three children: Ashleigh, Sterling andShelby.
Shepard replaces former Cowboy assistant coach Ted Gilmore, whoaccepted an assistant coaching position with the University of Kansasearlier in the spring of '99.