Evan Sharpley

Alumni, Fan

I am very excited to add my knowledge, insight, and perspective to the ND Neighborhood! From my time as a youngster, my recruitment in high school, and the amazing opportunity to play at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, I have obtained a unique view of athletics, academics, spirituality, and community. I hope to open the eyes of die-hard fans and give them a glimpse into the world of the collegiate student-athlete and highlight the reason why Notre Dame is such a special place: The People. Most of what is seen on college football Saturdays only scratches the surface of the preparation and sacrifice required to lace up the spikes and put on the eye black. I have experienced the agonizing feeling of defeat at the hands of our rivals as well as the thrilling sense of victory on some of the biggest stages in college sports.

At the University of Notre Dame, I had the amazing opportunity to play football and baseball. I appeared in 19 games during my career with two starts at quarterback. As a member of the Irish baseball team I earned monograms and led the Irish baseball team in `08 with 13 home runs and .691 slugging percentage and recorded a .326 batting average while driving in 40 runs. Was drafted in the 50th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft & played two years in the Mariner's organization winning championships with both teams.

I completed my B.A. in History and Education through Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. I am also a licensed teacher in the state of Indiana. Also, completed a master's degree in teacher leadership. Most recently, I am the owner of Sharpley Training and go by the Twitter handle of @EvanSharpley if you want to give me a follow! I am honored to represent the University of Notre Dame and I will carry on the great tradition and excellence that has been passed down from previous Notre Dame men. Go Irish!


Looking back at Global Bowl Germany, Irish grab verbal from Dusseldorf defensive end

Notre Dame just added a verbal commitment from Fryeburg high school three-star defensive end Alexander Ehrensberger. The 6-7, 238-pounder pulled the trigger for the Fighting Irish over an offer from Florida International. Ehrensberger’s commitment got me thinking back to my time in Germany with former Irish quarterback Pat Steenberge. Here were some of the highlights:

After seven days of touring some of the most interesting sites of Prague in the Czech Republic, as well as the medieval walled city of Rothenberg


Recruiting Stories: Notre Dame's pitch

Notre Dame’s current recruiting class is all but wrapped up following the early signing period, but with National Signing Day under a month away, here is part of my recruiting story…

Compared to other schools, my recruitment to Notre Dame was much more unorthodox. If it were not for dad and, then Irish baseball coach, Paul Mainieri I would have never stepped foot on campus. Much to your chagrin, I grew up in the great state a Michigan, meaning I was trained to bleed maize and blue. As I began to travel the oft treacherous path of the recruiting process, I widened my gaze in order


Looking back, moving forward

It was the perfect season that almost was. Well, just like the book Casey at the Bat when everyone was sad in Mudville after Casey struck out, all is solemn in Notre Dame nation after a 30-3 semi-final loss at the hands of the Clemson Tigers. Notre Dame was outmatched in most every way and in every facet of the game, although Brian Kelly felt the game was much closer than the score. Pair that with several uncharacteristic mistakes, and the 2018 season is now over. It’s a tough pill to swallow for players, alums, and die hard fans. So close, yet so far away it seems. Instead of New Year’s


Are we there yet?

The 2018 Fighting Irish football season has been an adventure of legendary proportions. An amazing season filled with intrigue, excitement, exhilaration, and transformation: Michigan to kick off the year, handling Stanford at home, and USC in the Coliseum with a College Football Playoff berth on the line. If the lights were bright this year, the lights just got brighter!

No other sport has a layover between regular season and post-season like college football. Extended time off is a definite problem that teams will have to deal with. I was part of two teams that played in BCS


uNDefeated

The Irish are in the College Football Playoffs! Notre Dame locked up the No. 3 spot and will matchup with the No. 2 Clemson Tigers in a semi-final game in Dallas, Texas. Mark your calendar for December 29, 2018. Opposite Notre Dame and Clemson will be No. 1 Alabama taking on No. 4 Oklahoma down in Miami, Fla. I don’t envy the job of the college football playoff committee leaving out the likes of Georgia and Ohio State must have been difficult. Take it to the bank that a 6 or 8 team playoff will be coming in recent year. Regardless, the teams are set, and it’s anyone’s championship trophy


Shamrock Series musings

So, what are your thoughts on the Shamrock Series jerseys this year? I get it, playing in Yankee Stadium is pretty sweet, but the jury is out on how the pinstripe pants are going to play in person and on TV. I do LOVE the helmets, even though the traditional gold will take a hiatus this weekend. Seriously though, the game location and the uniforms are just semantics. The larger storyline is this: the Irish are 10-0, #3 in the nation, and control their own destiny. Win, and Notre Dame will be in the college football playoffs. Lose, and play in a bowl that no one cares about. Time to finish


Irish, Wildcats tee off under the lights in Evanston

Oh baby. The Irish are 8-0. How about that? Everyone in South Bend should be tickled to death. It's felt like forever since the last National Championship and the Irish faithful are chomping at the bit. The College Football Playoff Committee dropped their first rankings installment, and instead of having the Irish at #3, the one loss LSU Tiger slip ahead and Notre Dame sits at #4. Ultimately, it does not matter. LSU plays Alabama this weekend, and it’s likely both the SEC and Big Ten will “take care of themselves.” If Notre Dame wins out, they are in. But they must win out. On that note,


Irish handle Hokies, survive against Pitt

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Two weeks ago, the Fighting Irish went on the road to Blacksburg, VA to take on the Virginia Tech and left with a convincing 45-23 victory over the Hokies. Notre Dame got off to fast start, but only took a one point lead into halftime. The second half was a different story. Brian Kelly’s team asserted themselves in quarters three and four leading to an important road win.


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