Valor Christian football coach Rod Sherman steps down

2017 Signing Day Valor Christian Rod Sherman

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Valor Christian football coach Rod Sherman has stepped down from the program. Athletic director Jamie Heiner announced the move via a press release on Friday.

Sherman was 57-11 overall as the head coach of the program and won three state championships.

In January of 2007, Sherman took on the role of Valor's founding athletic director. He joined the football staff as the offensive coordinator, playing a vital role in the Eagles' four-consecutive state titles from 2009-12.

When Brent Vieselmeyer steeped down as the head coach after the 2012 season, Sherman took over and helped Valor claim three more championships (2013, 2015, 2016).

"I am incredibly proud of what all the Valor athletic programs have accomplished since I
was hired as founding athletic director," Sherman said in a statement. "In football, I was blessed to serve under Coach Brent Vieselmeyer from 2007 to 2012, and it has been a very special blessing to serve as head coach for the last four years."

Sherman leaves behind a trail of outstanding athletes that will play high-level college football. Among those would be the McCaffrey brothers, all of whom received Division I offers early in their football careers.

Ryan Cummings has stood out as an offensive lineman at Wyoming. Blake Stenstrom just signed to play football at the University of Colorado and teammate Joshia Davis will follow him in a year.

Eric Lee Jr. just completed his sophomore season at the University of Nebraska. Through those players, Sherman has established a long-lasting legacy for himself at Valor.

But he has now decided it is time to take on new challenges.

"I will always treasure my time at Valor, but it has become apparent to me that this is now the right time to step down and pursue other opportunities," Sherman said.

The school is taking applications for the football job immediately. The next coach will be just the third person to hold the position at the school.