Restructuring within Central Methodist University Athletics includes a change for the Sherman family. The winningest coach in CMU history, Jeff Sherman leaves the men’s basketball program to become the university’s new Athletics Director and his son, Matt, will take over the Eagles basketball program.
After 37 years, Jeff Sherman leaves as one of the longest-tenured coaches in the nation. He had one 30-win season, four conference titles, a divisional title, five NAIA national tournament bids, three Sweet 16 finishes, and 14 seasons ranked in the top 25 in the NAIA. This past season, the Eagles finished 22-11 and made the NAIA Tournament losing to Southwestern Assemblies of God of Texas in the first round.
Matt Sherman has served on his father’s staff for seven seasons. He is a former four-year Eagle and a two-time NAIA All-American. He inherits an Eagles’ program just off a national tournament appearance and a 20-win season.
The changes started with the departure of Natasha Wilson as Vice President for Student Life and Athletics. In addition, dean of students Brad Dixon has been promoted to Vice President for Student Life. The athletics department will report under the umbrella of Dr. Joe Parisi, vice president for enrollment and athletics. Parisi will guide the overall strategic direction and culture of athletics.
President Roger Drake chose not to do a national search, saying “we have plenty of talent right on this campus.”