Tech Fans React to Coach Sharp Resignation Announcement - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/24/06

Tech Fans React to Coach Sharp Resignation Announcement

In her 24 years with Texas Tech, Marsha Sharp has gained quite a following here in Lubbock and at Tech.

"To our incredible fans, there's a reason that they call us the Lady Raider nation. The support and loyalty that they have given this program unmatched in women's basketball," said Sharp.

2/24/06
End of an Era: TTU's Sharp to Resign at the End of Season
Marsha sharp is ending her reign as head coach of the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. The announcement came as a surprise to almost everyone except an exclusive few. NewsChannel 11's Sports Director Pete Christy explains what brought on Friday's announcement.

Texas Tech fans say they are shocked and saddened by Sharp's resignation. We talked to more than a dozen fans and all say they are sad to hear Coach Sharp is leaving. One Tech student we spoke to almost began to cry when we told her the news, and she had never been to a Lady Raiders game. That just goes to show the strong legacy Sharp will leave behind.

Here's how some of those fans reacted.

"It'll be a big loss to Texas Tech cause she was a good coach, but I know it's hard to replace great coaches."

"Next person to fill her shoes has some big shoes to fill."

"I think she's been pretty detrimental to Texas Tech basketball. I think it's going to be sad."

"We're all going to be there Wednesday to hopefully give her a great last win."

"Who ever they choose (to replace her) is going to have really big shoes to fill."

"I feel very sad because she was a good coach. She was an inspirational figure to the team."

"It's going to be hard for a coach to fill her shoes, and I think she brought this program to what it is - it's going to be hard."

"I think she's done a good job here at Tech, (she's) been a good ambassador for Tech and Lubbock."

"I think it's a real disappointment to Tech because she was a great icon here, and she's a great role model."

Something else we hear from fans is that you can almost bet Wednesday's game against Oklahoma will be a sell out at the United Spirit Arena.

Coach Marsha Sharp
Take a look at the career and accomplishments of Lady Raiders Head Coach Marsha Sharp.

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