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Athletic Hall of Fame

Thomas Sheehan

Thomas Sheehan


At Rochester:

  • One of the most dynamic receivers to don a Yellowjacket football uniform
  • Finished his career as the all-time leader for receiving yardage in a game (189), a season (835), and a career (1,982)
  • He is ranked in all 4 career receiving categories (catches, average per catch, TD receptions, yards)
  • All-UAA honors for 2 years as well as All-ECAC honors
  • Named an All-American in his junior and senior seasons
  • Speed and skill made him lethal on reverses-In one game vs. Denison, he touched the ball 10 times and gained 337 yards (five catches for 189 and three TDs; 2 reverses for 88 yards; 3 punt returns for 60 yards
  • Graduated from the University in 1990 with a B.A. in psychology


  • Joined the Columbia University football staff, reuniting with former Rochester head coach Ray Tellier
  • Earned a master's degree in applied physiology at Columbia
  • 3 years as a grad assistant at Columbia, then 2 years as a New York State Trooper where he finished first in physical training in his academy class
  • Returned to Columbia as a strength and conditioning coach
  • Currently the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Columbia and a member of the Athletic Department's Administrative Team
  • In addition to his work with the Columbia athletes, Sheehan has trained Christina Teucher, an Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming; Maheh Bhupathi, a doubles world champion in tennis; and Alexei Kovalev, and NHL All-Star for the Pittsburgh Penguins