WALKERTON — A football-coaching legacy will continue this fall.
A man named Sharpe pacing the Northern State Conference football sidelines on Friday nights? Nothing new.
It just won’t be at Jimtown High School.
David Sharpe, the son of Bill Sharpe, the four-time IHSAA state champion coach, was named Monday, Feb. 18, as the new head football coach at Glenn High School.
The people at Glenn, David Sharpe said, “were ecstatic’’ as he made the rounds and shooks hands after the school board’s approval.
“That reassures me that this is the place I was meant to be,’’ David Sharpe said Monday night. “They can’t wait to help me get started. It feels great.”
Proximity to family in northern Indiana and an appreciation for the Glenn community were huge factors in Sharpe embracing the position. Last year, the Falcons were 5-6, 4-3 in the NSC, under Justin Bogunia, who resigned last fall. It was the first losing season at Glenn since 2002 and only the second since 1995.
“We were very picky. My wife and I still wanted to be close to home and in a community similar to Jimtown, somewhere with that small-town feel,” David said. “Glenn was a school at the top of our list.
“I’ve always thought while coaching at Jimtown that Glenn had smart kids, tough kids and kids who’ll play hard. I’m excited to coach kids that fit that mold.”
While losing a good friend and coach from his staff, Jimtown head coach Mike Campbell said it’s a win-win situation for David Sharpe and his new team.
“John Glenn is the winner,” said Mike Campbell, Jimtown’s head coach. “Dave brings a high level of enthusiasm, he’s an avid film watcher and he does a great job of preparing kids for what they’re going to see. I’m going to miss that man.”
“It’s a good fit for him,” said Bill Sharpe, who won last title in 2005, “and I think he’s ready.”
David knew he wanted to be a head coach in that same 2005 season, his first as an assistant with the Jimmies.
“I remember that we were playing for a state championship and just sitting in on those meetings,’’ he said. “I just sat there and listened. A few years went by and I worked my way up the ranks ... I learned so much from them. I owe everything to them because they’ve gotten me this opportunity.”
Sharpe, a 2000 Jimtown High graduate and current fifth-grade teacher at Jimtown Intermediate School, will meet with his Glenn players on Tuesday before he takes yet another step in his changing life.
Four months ago, Sharpe and his wife, Kristen, welcomed their daughter, Lindsey, to the world.
“When Lindsey was born it was the greatest moment of our lives,” David said. “It’s a little surreal ... it’ll sink in in a few days. We get to move to a great community and set up our family. It’s a place I want to be.”