Texas Tech Icon Marsha Sharp Set To Embark On New Role


video camera An Interview With Marsha Sharp

Sept. 22, 2011

Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt has announced that Marsha Sharp, former head coach of the Texas Tech Lady Raiders and member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, will embark upon a new role with the athletics department with a focus on professional development and community engagement.

"Marsha Sharp has made unprecedented contributions to Texas Tech University," said Hocutt. "For years, her leadership enhanced the student-athlete experience on our campus and we take tremendous pride in the accomplishments of coach Sharp and her teams. I am pleased that she has agreed to take on this new role, and I look forward to working with her as our department moves forward."

Sharp, who led the Lady Raiders to the 1993 NCAA Championship, will serve the department as associate athletics director and will continue to oversee the Marsha Sharp Leadership Circle while also providing professional development for coaches, staff and student-athletes. Additionally, she will play an integral role in both community and donor relations.

"Kirby Hocutt has been wonderful to help me find a role that would be beneficial to Texas Tech Athletics and to me personally," remarked Sharp. "I am really thankful for what he has done to help me get back in the fold.

"There are so many great things about Texas Tech University and this athletics program and we just want to make sure that we are supporting each other and moving in the right direction. I am excited about the opportunity to get to work with coaches, staff and student-athletes and to be involved in the community."

As part of this new endeavor, Sharp has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund - a position she has held since May 27, 2009. During her time with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Sharp has helped the organization raise over $4 million for cancer research. She was responsible for staff management, securing corporate sponsorships, cultivating relationships with potential and pre-existing major donors and oversaw all national events pertaining to the fund.

Prior to her work with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Sharp was the Texas Tech University head women's basketball coach from 1982 to 2006, where she had a career record of 572-189 and led her teams to eight conference championships, 10 sweet 16 appearances, four Elite 8's, and a national championship in 1993. She was named National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and SWC/Big 12 Coach of the Year seven times. She was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1999, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. In the spring of 2010, Sharp received the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Basketball Award and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sharp matched her on-court success with her expectations for her student-athletes within the classroom. Her financial contributions led to the opening of the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes in January of 2004. The center connects student-athletes with tutors, academic counselors and provides access to state-of-the art equipment.

In 2004, Sharp co-wrote the book "Tall Enough To Coach" which outlines life principles and her philosophy of no-compromise leadership.

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