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!


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.


Irish notch signature win against the Cardinal

All is well in South Bend following a signature win against rival Stanford. Brian Kelly’s 8th ranked squad took care of business with a convincing 38-17 win Saturday evening against a top ten opponent. The Irish now possess all six rivalry trophies with the addition of the Legends Trophy following this win. Notre Dame, now 5-0, emerges in fantastic position for the college football playoff. While the season is still far from over, the Irish only have one ranked opponent left on the schedule and control their own destiny.

It was a typical Stanford-Notre Dame game for much


Notre Dame v. Vanderbilt Preview

Whoa buddy. Every Irish fan needs to take a collective deep breath after last weekend. Notre Dame won 24-16 but it certainly was not pretty. Hats off to the Ball State coaching staff for a great gameplan and the players for executing it.

Offensively, the biggest issue for the Irish was protecting quarterback Brandon Wimbush. The Cardinals were able to create a large number of pressures throughout the day and it really gave the offensive problems. Moving forward, the number one priority for the offensive unit is getting things rectified on the line, especially as it comes


Irish v. Wolverines Prediction

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…And we’re back for another exciting year of Notre Dame Football. I can’t wait for the Fighting Irish to kick off the 2018 season with a HUGEEEEE game against the Michigan Wolverines. The anticipation, the hype for game one in South Bend is fantastic, and Irish fans should be treated to a wonderful game of football between two storied programs. Jim Harbaugh ascends from Ann Arbor


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