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. 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


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. The Quarantine Chronicles Part 2

Quarantine Chronicles: Part 2

Well, another week of quarantine has come and gone. Still holding up alright? Getting stir crazy? Even with sports on hiatus for the foreseeable future, there has been quite a lot of Notre Dame chatter over the past couple weeks. ND Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, football coach Brian Kelly, and ND basketball coach Mike Brey have all spoken in the media. Most of the talk is speculation on when they believe sports will begin again, so let’s get a rundown on their thoughts:

Swarbrick

Vice President Pence held a separate call with college football


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. The quarantine chronicles: part 1

The Quarantine Chronicles: Part 1

So, here we are ladies and gents. Trying times in the world right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. IF you’re smart, you’ve done your best to self-quarantine to limit the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. I, myself, have been doing so for nearly 3 weeks. The first week was a piece of cake, but as the time as gone on cabin fever certainly has set in. My wife and 2-year old are experiencing the same feelings, although we are being as creative as possible. My wife, Jackie, is the host of a lifestyle here in the South Bend/Michiana area called HomeTown Living. Since quarantine, all her


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Where to get your sports fix during the quarantine.

Where to get your sports fix during quarantine...

This year’s March Madness was canceled...but 96-1 WSBT is still in the mood for some great basketball. We have a total of 15 of the greatest games in NCAA Tournament history we’ll be airing over the next three weeks...

It started with the 1979 Championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State...Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Here’s the schedule:

Thurs 3/26 - 8pm 2005 Elite 8 Illinois vs. Arizona (Illinois rallies from 15 point deficit in the 4th to force OT, win)

Fri 3/27 - 8pm: 1983 NCAA Championship Game North Carolina State vs Houston (Jim Valvano


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Wash your hands, be safe and stay sharp

Wash your hands, be safe, and Stay Sharp!

With COVID-19 hitting the United States, nearly every major sports organization has cancelled or postponed events. Here is a quick summary of where we stand, as far as sports are concerned, at the local, state, and national levels:

IHSAA

“IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Postponed Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled. Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately. Saturday’s girls


Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Irish at NFL Combine

Irish at the NFL Combine

Behold, the final day of the 2020 NFL Combine. 9 Notre Dame players have participated throughout the week. Defensive ends Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara are limited because of injuries suffered during the season and ensuing surgeries. Okwara participated in the bench press, putting up 27 reps (top 10 among defensive linemen), while Kareem is sitting out of all workout events. Here are the specs from each player, along with SOME testing info:

Safety Alohi Gilman had 74 total tackles, two for a loss, three forced fumbles, two pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery this


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


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