Funeral services for former Scott High basketball coach Doug Sharp will be held Wednesday evening at First United Methodist Church in Oneida. Sharp, Scott High's all-time winningest women's basketball coach, died Saturday evening following a battle with cancer. He was 68.
Sharp was a long-time fixture at Scott High School, where he coached or helped coach virtually every sport — including basketball, football, baseball, softball, cross-country, track, soccer and tennis.
But he left an indelible mark on the Lady Highlander basketball program, retiring from coaching as the school's all-time winningest coach, with 176 victories.
Sharp's 1993 district championship team set school records for most points in a single game, 98, and highest per-game average, 68.5. The following season, Sharp was selected as the district's coach of the year.
Tennessee's 98th General Assembly honored Sharp and his team following the 1993 season for their accomplishments.
In all, Sharp spent 42 years in the classroom and as a part of various sports teams, almost all of it in the Scott County School System. He began his teaching and coaching career after receiving his BS in elementary and physical education from Cumberland College and following up with two advanced degrees from Tennessee Tech.
After retiring from full-time coaching duties, Sharp assisted his son, Jackson Sharp, with the Lady Highlander basketball program. The younger Sharp continues to serve as the program's head coach.
Sharp is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Sharp, and daughter, Delenia Wray, in addition to son, Jackson. He is also survived by four grandchildren.
Coach Sharp's visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Oneida. A celebration of life service will be held at 8 p.m. with Black Oak Baptist Church pastor Kyle Keeton and First United Methodist pastor Keith Knight officiating.
Entombment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Carson Memorial Mausoleum in Oneida.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church's food bank, P.O. Box 4445, Oneida, TN 37841.
For a complete obituary, see page A8 of this week's Independent Herald.