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!


Blue-Gold Game wrap-up

Who went to the Blue-Gold Game? What are your thoughts on The Shirt? I neither went to the game, nor do I like this year’s edition of The Shirt. I’ll be honest, though, unless The Shirt was green, I wasn’t going to be on board. I am 100% on team “same color” every year. Anyways, let’s get back to the game. The Fighting Irish successfully put a button on spring practice and of course the chatter is about the quarterback position. Specifically, how good Ian Book looked, and how pedestrian Phil Jurkovec appeared.


McGraw goes viral

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Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame women basketball’s fearless leader, went viral yesterday for comments regarding her hiring practices. At the helm of the program, McGraw has vowed to only hire female staffers. Here is what she said:

“Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1967 and it still hasn't passed? We need 38 states to agree that discrimination on the


Happy St. Patrick's Day

Welp, here we are. It's St. Patrick's Day in South Bend, IN. Outside of Ireland, where else would you want to be? Notre Dame spring football is in full swing, the Irish women will likely notch a 1 seed in the tournament, and hockey won an overtime thriller to advance to the finals of the Big Ten Tourney. So, why not grab a Guinness, eat some Irish stew, and do a little jig today.

Let's take a little closer look at each sport, though, save the men's basektball team (sigh), starting with football. What's everyone want to talk about? The quaterback position? Sure, why not. It'll be


Wrapping up my recruiting story

National Signing Day has come and gone. For many, it is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. It is a special day and ends one of the strangest periods in an athlete’s life known as the “recruiting process.” In a period of 24 hours, an athlete’s life changes drastically. These hours are filled with nervous energy as your dreams are about to become a reality. Every athlete recalls the day they made their decision "official." Here is what I experienced almost 15 years ago to the day:

The day before national signing day doesn't have the glitz and glamour, but there


More recruiting stories

The final push towards signing day is now in the rearview, but let’s take a look down memory lane. I was recruited by every Big Ten and MAC school as well as the Ivy League. Ivy League schools were by far the most personal. I recall getting many handwritten letters. Because they did not give out athletic scholarships, they had to build relationships. My first offer was from Iowa during my sophomore year. Iowa had a track record of offering early as a means to employ the “wow” factor. It was very special to have the first offer come in. I also had a handful of offers from a variety of


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


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