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!

Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. How about the transfer portal, eh?

How about the transfer portal, eh?

In recent years, seemingly more and more NCAA football players elect to transfer schools, usually sitting out a year. Also, It has become more commonplace for graduate transfers to finish school at another university and be granted immediate eligibility at their new university. With the addition of the “Transfer Portal” tracking the number of players has become much easier and it has allowed players an avenue to test “free agency,” as it were. Rewind ten years ago, and most of these discussions happened behind closed and the road to transferring was much muddier.

I agree that

Touchtown Tommy takes over as offensive coordinator

Touchdown Tom(my) takes over as offensive coordinator for the Irish

It’s official. Tom(my) Rees has been named the offensive coordinator for the Irish. This got me thinking. Rees and I were never on the same team. I graduated, and he arrived the next year seeing playing time his freshman year (and wearing No. 13, too).

Strangely enough, it was following the 2012 season that I wrote a piece about Rees, who was slated to start his first season opener, granted he had ample starting experience by that point. I couldn’t help but find the parallels between his time as a player and now as a coach. He continues to be criticized and scrutinized. It’s like

Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. 2016 is a turning point

2016 was the turning point

Notre Dame closed out the 2019 season with a resounding bowl victory over Iowa State. Brian Kelly has led the Irish to three straight seasons of 10+ wins. This remarkable feat got me to thinking back to Kelly’s 4-8 season and what turned the tide. Here were my thoughts after 2016

December and January brought major change to the Notre Dame football program. Kelly parted ways with special teams and tight end coach Scott Booker, Mike Sanford took the head coaching job at Western Kentucky, Mike Elko took over as the defensive coordinator, Brian Polian is back as special teams coach,

Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Kelly parts ways with Long; Irish prepare for Camping World Bowl

Kelly parts ways with Long; Irish prepare for Camping World Bowl

Notre Dame and offensive coordinator Chip Long have parted ways after three seasons. The 36-year-old Long isn’t leaving to take another job but it’s been reported as a “mutual parting of ways”. Is it ever really “mutual” if someone leaves a good position without a job lined-up? Doubtful. The interesting part is that the Irish (10-2) were in the top 50 nationally in virtually every offensive category this season. The No. 13 ranking in scoring offense is the best of the Brian Kelly Era. The No. 47 ranking in total offense, however, is a drop of 15 spots from last season and

Looking back at signing day 2016

Looking back at signing day 2016

Here are my evals from the 2016 class. Some guys are gone, others didn't pan out, and a few were home runs. How'd I do?

Ian Book

Book is a leader. He will arrive on campus at Notre Dame and push the upperclassmen. Great mental makeup. Book is an exceptionally gifted passer with impeccable finesse and touch. He displays comfortability both in the gun and under-center. On play action bootlegs and out of pocket throws, Book is very efficient in regards to properly positioning his body to make accurate throws on the run to either side. Book flashes a smooth,

Irish Beat Navy; and other year-end musings

Irish beat Navy; other year end musings

Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish football squad took care of business this past week 52-20 over the Naval Academy. Eric Hansen’s report in the SB Tribune and NDinsider.com ended up being the only BIG news from Saturday. Notre Dame’s 273-game home sellout streak came to an end. The first non-sellout crowd (74,080, with 77,622 being capacity) to watch a game at Notre Dame Stadium in 46 years. So my question? Who stopped footing the bill to pay for all the tickets that normally go unsold. While many fans have pointed to weather, raised ticket prices, and a lack of theatrics aka the Irish are not

Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Fallout after blowout to Michigan

Fallout after blowout to Michigan

So, Notre Dame got demolished by Michigan, eh. Notre Dame v. Virginia Tech hasn’t been the topic this week; the focus has been on the big egg Notre Dame laid in Ann Arbor with their 45-14 loss.

Kirk Herbstreit Tweeted this after Saturday’s game:

”Can’t decide if I was more impressed by Michigan or more disappointed in Notre Dame and their lack of competitive spirit! UM has become a different team in the last 6 quarters and will be dangerous for anyone they play. ND??? Not even sure what to say.”

So, I will ask YOU this: did you come away from the game more

Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Irish Hang on to beat USC, move into BYE week.

Irish hang on to beat USC, move into BYE week

Did I hear a collective sigh of relief after Notre Dame narrowly beat the USC Trojans 30-27. The Irish were outscored 24-13 in the second half, but the Notre Dame defense does continue it’s 19-game streak of keeping opposing teams under 30 points. The Irish, now 5-1 and ranked in the Top 10, have the week off before heading up to Ann Arbor to play the Michigan Wolverines.

So, Notre Dame football is on a bye week. What will you do to fill your time?! Here are a few of my thoughts on moving forward throughout the year and playing each game like it's a “trap” game. Hope you enjoy