Sherm was a two-sport standout at Ottawa University, earning four letters in basketball and two letters in football. He was the only four-year letterman in his class. He played on two KCAC championship teams including the 1958 team, which went 14-0 in conference play. During his junior year, the team went on a 26 game winning streak, finishing 12-2 in conference play and winning the KCAC Championship. As a senior, he earned All-KCAC Honorable Mention, averaging 12.4 points per game. His junior year, he was medically cleared from a high school knee injury to begin playing football for the Braves and made an immediate impact, leading the team in scoring and receiving his first season. As a junior and senior, he caught 10 touchdowns. His senior year, he helped lead the team to the conference championship game against the College of Emporia. He earned All-KCAC Honorable Mention honors. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Tom Trigg Award, which recognizes an Outstanding Senior Athlete.
Sherm has spent the past 32 years in public education as an administrator, teacher, counselor, and coach in the states of Kansas and Oklahoma. He was a head football coach for 11 years, compiling an overall record of 52-47-1, winning four league championships and one state playoff game. Sherm retired from Enid Public Schools in 1997.
Sherm is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Enid, OK, and was a trustee with the Enid Public School Foundation. He serves on the Education Committee of the Enid Chamber of Commerce. He has volunteered his time with FCA and has memberships in NEA, OEK and EEA educational associations. In 1974, he was elected an ambassador of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, and in 1984, was elected an ambassador of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce.