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Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Co-Special Teams Coordinator
|Siegfried & Jensen|
|Parsons, Behle & Latimer|
|1996-02||NFLPA Certified Agent|
|2015||Las Vegas Bowl|
|2014||Las Vegas Bowl|
Fifth-year cornerbacks' coach Sharrieff Shah took on additional duties in the offseason when he was appointed Utah's co-special teams' coordinator. In his dual role, he will coach the cornerbacks and supervise the return units.
Cited by ESPN.com in 2014 as one of "10 coaches who adapt and thrive," Shah has helped his players do the same. One-time safeties Keith McGill and Eric Rowe developed into NFL cornerbacks under Shah's direction. McGill, who ranked second in the Pac-12 Conference with 13 pass breakups as a senior, was the first Pac-12 corner taken in the 2014 NFL Draft--selected in the fourth round by Oakland. Rowe, Utah's starting safety his first three seasons before moving to corner as a senior, was drafted in the second round by Philadelphia in 2015.
In 2015, Utah tied for third in the nation and led the Pac-12 in total interceptions with 22, with Shah's corners accounting for half of the picks. Utah also led the Pac-12 in passes defended with 88--43-percent (38) of them by the cornerbacks. Reginald Porter's 11 pass breakups in 2015 is tied for fifth in Utah's single-season record books.
Shah was twice named "Defensive Backs Coach of the Week" in 2015 by CoachingSearch.com for his unit's success in wins over Michigan (two of Utah's three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown) and California (three of Utah's five interceptions against the 2016 NFL No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff).
As a position group, the cornerbacks accounted for half of Utah's interceptions in two of Shah's first four seasons on the staff (2012 and 2015).
Before receiving his appointment as co-special teams' coordinator, Shah served as the lead coach for the punt return unit in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Kaelin Clay led the country in punt returns for touchdowns (3) and was a first-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 return specialist. Clay, now with the Baltimore Ravens, led the Pac-12 and ranked fifth in the nation in punt return average (15.0) and the Utes finished fifth nationally in total punt return yards (386).
In 2015, Utah led the Pac-12 in total punt returns (30) and was second in punt return yards (325). Britain Covey finished second in the Pac-12 in punt returns (21) and average (11.71) and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 as a true freshman.
Shah took a unique path into coaching after finishing his Utah playing career as an all-conference safety. A trial attorney for 12 years, Shah stayed tethered to the game as a certified agent through the NFL's Player Association (NFLPA) from 1996-2002 and by training players for the NFL Combine. In addition, he was a sideline reporter for Utah's flagship radio station ESPN 700 from 2000-11 and he spent three years as a sideline analyst for local television stations KUTV and KJZZ in their Ute broadcasts.
As an agent, he negotiated multi-million dollar contracts and represented players in the NFL, CFL and NFL Europe. Among his clients was his brother Karim Abdul Jabbar (now known as Abdul Karim-Al Jabbar), a former running back for the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts.
From 2006-11, Shah was a trial attorney with Siegfried & Jensen, the largest personal injury law firm in the state of Utah. He specialized in medical malpractice and catastrophic automobile accidents. Before that, he was a commercial litigator with Parsons, Behle & Latimer from 2001-06.
A four-year letterman for the Utes from 1990-93, Shah started three seasons at strong safety before he incurred a career-ending neck injury three games into his senior season. A team captain, Shah was an honorable mention all-Western Athletic Conference safety in 1991 and 1992. He was named the Sports Illustrated National Defensive Player of the Week and WAC Player of the Week in Utah's 1991 win over Oregon State, when he contributed 13 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles. Shah's performance against OSU still ranks in the top five in Utah's single-game record book in four different categories: tackles for loss, forced fumbles, sacks and total lost yards (30). He also ran indoor track for the Utes, competing in the 60-yard dash and long jump from 1990-92. He qualified for the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships all three years.
Bachelor's in political science
Master's in exercise and sport science
Birthdate: January 29, 1971
Hometown: Los Angeles
Family: Married to the former Jennifer Lui. Sons Sharrieff Jr. and Omar. Sharrieff Jr. is a senior linebacker for the Utes.