The San Diego Chargers have hired James MacPherson and Justin Sheridan as area scouts, the team announced today.
MacPherson is a former college and pro quarterback who played at Wake Forest University from 1998-02. He went to camp with the Indianapolis Colts in 2003 and later played in the Arena Football League 2 with the Green Bay Blizzard in 2006, and in the Arena Football League with the Georgia Force in 2007 and the Grand Rapids Rampage in 2008.
When his playing career concluded, MacPherson jumped into coaching full-time. He spent the 2009 season as the quarterbacks and offensive quality control coach at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, and the 2010-12 seasons in the United Football League, splitting time between the Florida Tuskers and the Sacramento Mountain Lions. He returned to Pima CC in 2013.
MacPherson graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in business. As a senior in 2002, he was selected to the ACC’s All-Academic Team, as well as the American Football Coaches of America’s Good Works Team. He is the president and founder of Santa’s Helpers, Inc., a nonprofit that provides toys and clothes to low-income youth in southern Arizona.
Sheridan joins the Chargers after spending eight seasons in Tampa Bay as both a college and pro scout. He joined the Buccaneers’ staff in 2006 as a pro personnel assistant before being promoted to pro scout in 2008.
Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Sheridan worked from March 2004-June 2006 as the director of football operations at Northwestern University, He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the football program, serving as a liaison to the athletic department, business office, academic services, compliance and NFL personnel, among others. Sheridan was hired at Northwestern as a recruiting assistant in July 2001 and he was promoted to assistant director of football operations in February 2003.
Sheridan also spent time as the assistant director of football operations at University of Pennsylvania and as an assistant coach at Western Maryland College (currently McDaniel College).
A native of Ebensburg, PA, Sheridan graduated from Western Maryland with a degree in business administration and a minor in accounting. At WMC, he was a four-year letter-winner in football, who played on two Centennial Conference championship teams.
Sheridan and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Payton and Brooks.