Former Scott High coach Doug Sharp is pictured with his son, current SHS coach Jackson Sharp, at a ceremony in his honor in early 2014. (Independent Herald file photo)
Former Scott High coach Doug Sharp is pictured with his son, current SHS coach Jackson Sharp, at a ceremony in his honor in early 2014. (Independent Herald file photo)


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.


  1. They are so many parents that appreciated what Coach Sharp did for our children in the sports department of their life. He was ruff on the players,he knew that was the way they would really do there best,then there's the Coach that was a softie.In the month of Feb if you were in Walmart and you saw him with a buggy of chocolate hearts that was for his basketball girls.He was a winner in my book.Over the years his family became close friends to our family. In closing goodbye dear friend and we all will see you sooner than later.

  2. Coach Sharp had a huge impact on my life beginning in my eighth grade year when he began coaching for us. He was always so encouraging but in a humorous way. I'll never forget him and will always be thankful for the values he helped instill in me.