|Title:||2004 Inductee (Basketball 1957-1961)|
James Sharp began his basketball career at Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas. In 1957, he averaged more than 20 points a game as a senior while leading Jefferson to the 4A State Championship. During his time in Port Arthur, he garnered All-State honors and represented them in a high school All-Star game.
After high school Sharp entered the University of Corpus Christi(UCC) in 1957 on a full basketball scholarship. During his freshman year, Sharp averaged more than 16 points per game. He was selected as co-captain of the Tarpon basketball teams from 1958 -1961 and received the Hickman Award in 1959 recognizing him as the best sportsman and outstanding athlete. During his sophomore season he was ranked fourth in field goal percentage at a 59% mark and 25th in the nation in free throw percentage at 79.1% in the NAIA. In 1960, Sharp led UCC to the South Zone Championship NAIA playoffs, finishing the year with a 14-10 record, which was the best season for UCC since 1950.
Upon graduation, James Sharp began an impressive 36 year coaching career. He started right here in Corpus Christi at Cullen Junior High and then moved onto King High School. His coaching career would stretch throughout the state of Texas from his high school alma mater, Port Arthur Jefferson, to San Angelo Central, to Kerrville Tivy. He finished his career at Clements High School in the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas. His team won a district championship at Port Arthur Jefferson in 1970 and he took his Kerrville Tivy squads to the playoffs in in 1980, 1983 and 1984 as well as taking his Clements teams to the playoffs in 1987 and 1992. He was named Coach of the Year in various districts in 1970, 1975, 1980 and 1983. He served as chairmanof the South All-Star selection committee for the Texas High School Coaches Association(THSCA) in 1983.
Sharp's most remarkabke feat while coaching in the high school ranks was coaching in the longest game in Texas high School Basketball history. On January 4, 1980, his Tivy team defeated South San 55-51. They played a two hour and fifty-five minute game that lasted ten overtimes. Tivy outscored South San 6-2 in the final overtime to clam the victory.
Upon his retirement, Sharp was active in the Houston Chapter of the Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi Alumni Association, serving as president in 1995-96. He has been very active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes(FCA) in Newton High School in Newton, Texas, and remains active in his church.
He has been married to his wife Lynne for 13 years and has three children: Kim, Jan and Adam. He has four grandchildren: Taylor, Brice, Ashley and Allen.