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April 9, 1997

Lady Raider Head Coach to Resign From Administrative Duty

Basketball's Sharp to Concentrate on Coaching, will Retain Title as Associate AD

LUBBOCK, Texas - Lady Raider head women's basketball coach Marsha Sharp will resign her administrative duties as Texas Tech's Senior Woman Administrator, Athletic Director Gerald Myers announced today.

Sharp will retain the dual title of Head Women's Basketball Coach and Associate Athletic Director at Texas Tech. She will also continue to oversee various sports programs, which she has done since being promoted to Associate AD in February, 1996.

Sharp assumed additional sports programs responsibilities, while Myers served as interim athletic director and was eventually promoted to full-time athletic director on February 17. A national search is currently underway to fill the Associate Athletic Director / Senior Woman Administrator position.

" I felt like it was important for Texas Tech to have someone who could represent the university in Big 12 and NCAA meetings and on national committees on a full-time basis," said Sharp. "Doing that was impossible during certain parts of the year while devoting my time to Lady Raider Basketball. All of the administrative duties affected my ability to focus all my attention to basketball, which is a top priority.

"This move will ensure that we will have a better chance to maintain our position as a top 10 basketball program and will allow us to totally focus on winning the Big 12 Conference title and advance as far as possible in the NCAA Tournament."

A 1974 graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Sharp is the winningest coach in Lady Raider basketball history and the second-winningest coach in Texas Tech history in all sports. She has compiled a 350-120 record in her 14 years as head coach and has led the Lady Raiders to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including five trips to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and the 1993 NCAA Tournament championship.

"Marsha is one of the most effective administrators in the Texas Tech athletic department, not to mention one of the best women's basketball coaches in the nation," said Myers. "She has been pressed into duty on a number of issues and has been stretched and pulled in a lot of different directions. She will continue to oversee some sports programs in her role as associate athletic director. But, with relinquishing her title as senior woman administrator, she will be able to fully concentrate on keeping the Lady Raiders as one of the top women's basketball programs in the nation."

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