Chargers hire former UCLA assistant Rip Scherer to coach tight ends; Phil McGeoghan to coach receivers

By in Press Enterprise on February 14, 2018

By Jack Wang

The Chargers didn’t have to look far to find their new tight ends coach.

A month after losing assistant John McNulty — who left for a second stint as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator — they looked up the I-405 to fill void. Rip Scherer, who most recently worked at UCLA, will now be charged with tutoring Hunter Henry and the rest of the Chargers tight ends.

The 65-year-old Scherer has spent the bulk of his career in the college ranks, but also coached quarterbacks for both the Browns and the Panthers. His time in Cleveland overlapped with that of Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, who worked with the Browns running backs from 2007-08.

“It’s really exciting to be part of this organization, especially given where the team is right now,” Scherer told the Chargers’ website. “It’s doubly exciting because it’s an opportunity to work with Anthony, who I’ve known for 10 years now. … We’ve remained close throughout these years.”

Added Lynn: “I think the experience he brings to the table is a really good mix with the young coaches we have on our staff.”

In addition to coaching the Bruins’ tight ends the past two years, Scherer’s resume includes head-coaching stints at James Madison (1991-94) and Memphis (1995-2000). In the early 1980s, he was an assistant at Georgia Tech, where current Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt played as a quarterback before converting to tight end.

The Chargers also made three other additions to their coaching staff, which was finalized on Tuesday for the 2018 season.

Phil McGeoghan will coach receivers, moving across the country after overseeing the same position in Buffalo this past season. The 38-year-old had coached the same position for the Dolphins, as well as East Carolina and South Florida.

McGeoghan replaces Nick Sirianni, who left to become the Colts offensive coordinator. Sirianni first […]    

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