Adding To Her Legacy

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: June 2, 2009

HOUSTON — Women’s basketball trailblazer and former Texas Tech University women’s basketball coach, Marsha Sharp has been named the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund Executive Director.

She is the first executive director of the fund. She is mostly known for her 24-year tenure at the helm of the Texas Tech women’s basketball program, that created a dynasty throughout West Texas and the entire country.

She led her teams to remarkable success during her time with the Lady Raiders, including the 1993 National Championship.

Sharp has been recognized for her accomplishments by being inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, and the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

“Of all the experiences that I have had the opportunity to be a part of throughout the years, this has to be one of the most meaningful honors that I have received,” Sharp said.

“It is an opportunity to give back, to help others and to carry out a vision that can make a difference in millions of lives across the globe. I look forward to embracing this challenge and helping to find a cure for cancer through the research that is made possbile through this Fund.”

Sharp, who was named the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year in 1994 and SWC/Big 12 Coach of the Year seven times, served on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Board of Directors and was its president from 2001-2003.

Her retirement from the coaching arena has only left more time and energy for her to expand her career and pursue her other passions, both locally and nationally.

She is currently the president of the YWCA board of directors, serves on the Carillon Senior LifeCare Community board of directors, and the LISD School for Young Women Leaders advisory council.

She founded the United Future Leaders Program through Texas Tech University which promotes civility, ethics, leadership, and service qualities among West Texas youth.

The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is a 501c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.