Marsha Sharp (born August 31, 1952) is the former head coach of Texas Tech University's women's basketball team, the Lady Raiders. She retired after 24 years at the conclusion of the 2005–06 season.
Sharp at the 2013 Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention in New Orleans
|Born||August 31, 1952|
Whidbey Island, Washington
|Alma mater||Wayland Baptist College|
West Texas State University
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1981–1982||Texas Tech (asst.)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|2011–present||Texas Tech (asst. AD)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament (1993)|
SWC Women's Basketball Tournament (1992, 1993, 1995)
Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament (1998, 1999)
SWC Regular Season (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
Big 12 Regular Season (1998, 1999, 2000)
|Big 12 Coach of the Year (1998, 1999)|
SWC Coach of the Year (1983, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year 1995
Sharp went to high school in Tulia, Texas. She graduated in 1974 from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview. She procured her master's degree in 1976 from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon.
She became the head coach of the Lady Raiders in 1982. For most of the 1980s, Sharp's Lady Raiders were the second-best team in the Southwest Conference, behind the Texas Longhorns under Jody Conradt. However, they dominated the last years of the SWC's existence, winning the last five regular season titles in a row (four outright, one shared) and three conference tournaments. Her best team was the 1992–93 unit, led by Sheryl Swoopes, which won the first NCAA championship by a Texas Tech team in any sport. After Texas Tech became a charter member of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Sharp added three more regular season titles and two tournament titles.
Sharp's 24-year career won–lost records included a 258–89 record (.744 winning percentage) in conference play (Southwest Conference and Big 12 Conference combined) and a 572–189 record (.752 winning percentage) overall with no losing seasons.
In 2003, Sharp was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes on the campus of Texas Tech and the Marsha Sharp Freeway in Lubbock are both named after Sharp.
Following Sharp's retirement from coaching, she was named Associate Athletic Director for Special Projects within the Texas Tech Athletic Department.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Texas Tech Lady Raiders (Southwest Conference) (1982/83–1995/96)|
|1982–83||Texas Tech||22–9||6–2||2nd||NWIT Fifth Place|
|1983–84||Texas Tech||23–7||13–3||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|1984–85||Texas Tech||24–8||12–4||2nd||NWIT Third Place|
|1985–86||Texas Tech||21–9||13–3||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1989–90||Texas Tech||20–11||11–5||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|1990–91||Texas Tech||23–8||12–4||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|1991–92||Texas Tech||27–5||13–1||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1992–93||Texas Tech||31–3||13–1||1st||NCAA Champions|
|1993–94||Texas Tech||28–5||12–2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1994–95||Texas Tech||33–4||13–1||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1995–96||Texas Tech||27–5||13–1||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Texas Tech Lady Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (1996/97–2005/06)|
|1996–97||Texas Tech||20–9||11–5||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|1997–98||Texas Tech||26–5||15–1||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1998–99||Texas Tech||30–4||14–2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1999–00||Texas Tech||28–5||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2000–01||Texas Tech||25–7||13–3||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2001–02||Texas Tech||20–12||8–8||7th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2002–03||Texas Tech||29–6||13–3||3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2003–04||Texas Tech||25–8||10–6||T–4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2004–05||Texas Tech||24–8||12–4||T–3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
Postseason invitational champion
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 25 Sep 2015.
- "WBHOF Inductees". WBHOF. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
- "Past Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coaches of the Year". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014.
- "Carol Eckman Award". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. Retrieved 1 Jul 2014.