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. Notre Dame, Duke set to kickoff 2020 football season

Notre Dame, Duke set to kickoff 2020 football season

It’s game week for Notre Dame football! Can you believe it? We really made it to playing a game. What seemed so bleak back in March and the subsequent months now has glimmers of hope. While it still may be a week to week conversation on whether or not games are played, Notre Dame v. Duke is happening! Here is what you need to know:

Who can attend?

In keeping in line with social distancing protocols, tailgating is prohibited while attendance will be restricted to only the student body, faculty/staff and family members of participating student-athletes from both teams (in a separate


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Football practice on pause as ND resets following COVID positives

Football practice on pause as Notre Dame campus tries to reset following spike in COVID-19 positives

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced that in-person classes for the University’s undergraduate students are suspended until Sept. 2 and for graduate and professional students until Aug. 24, replaced by remote instruction only because positive rates for the coronavirus continue to climb.

“With the advice and encouragement of Dr. Mark Fox of the St. Joseph County Health Department, we believe we can take steps short of sending students home for remote instruction, at least for the time being, while still protecting the health and safety of the


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. To Play (college football) or not to play... that is the question

To play (college football), or not to play...THAT is the question

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our daily lives. As most universities open back up for a combination of in-person and virtual classes, BIG news was announced regarding college football this fall. After nearly a month of on-campus workouts, several conferences pulled the plug on football this fall and are taking aim at a Spring schedule.

Big Ten conference presidents and chancellors voted earlier this week to postpone all fall sports seasons, including football.

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said "Because we announced a schedule does not mean we're going to


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. The (Sports) World is Crazy

The (Sports) World is Crazy

It’s crazy out there right now. A lot is going on in the world; a lot is going on in the world of sports, too. So many questions remain as we move closer to organized sports starting again. Need a recap of all the strangeness? Here ya go!

Major League Baseball

The plan to start the season has finally been set. Players will be tested every other day unless their temperature exceeds 100.4. Then they'll be tested -- no matter the day -- and sent home. They also will be required to take their own temperatures before coming to the ballpark. Anyone with a fever will be told to stay away


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Predicting the 2020 ND Football season

Predicting the 2020 Notre Dame season

So, let’s assume that football is played this fall. How do you think the Irish will fair? Vegas betting has Notre Dame’s at over/under 8.5 wins. My gut tells me to take the over. Brian Kelly has led the program to a 33-6 record over the last three years and I believe that trend will continue. I’m not the only one either.

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic wrote a piece this week titled “One tweak away: Contenders who could make an LSU-type leap in 2020.”

He starts by citing last year’s LSU team. Nobody pegged them for a championship contender at this time last year, but Ed


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Notre Dame, Navy move game to Annapolis for first time in history

Notre Dame, Navy move game to Annapolis for first time in history

First, I’d like to say that I stand with and support those opposed to social injustice and racism. Love your neighbor as yourself applies to all races. And as we are all human, we should love each as such. Having grown up playing sports, I’ve learned what it’s like to be on a team. Most of those teams consisted of people with differing backgrounds, social economic status, race, and religion. At Notre Dame, I was part of a diverse collection of individuals from across the country. On our football team, we poured sweat together, we bled together. We didn’t always get along, but we


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. NCAA approves workouts June 1; Notre Dame classes re-open in fall

NCAA approves voluntary workouts starting June 1st; Notre Dame set to re-open for fall classes

So, here we are. Another week wearing masks and social distancing in an attempt to flatten the curve. Here in Indiana, we will be in Phase 3 of Governor Holcomb’s plan to re-open the economy, starting on Friday. As we creep closer and closer to the summer, that means fall football SHOULD be just around the corner.

With states like California and Michigan all but shutdown still, it’s uncertain when the college football season will start and if every program will suit up and play. Perhaps the most telling factor in having a college football season in 2020 is whether or not


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. How will COVID-19 change the landscape of sports?

How will COVID-19 change the landscape of sports now and for the future?

With the stoppage of sport due to COVID, and the future uncertain as to when the MLB, NBA, and NCAA will start back up, it got me thinking about the crossroads we are experiencing. What changes will occur that may initially be seen as a short term solution to get teams playing again, but might continue for the foreseeable future? Let’s take a look at two examples:

The first is Major League Baseball. Could baseball be coming back first?

Major League Baseball has formalized its plan to return to the field, with teams agreeing Monday on a proposal to send


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