Former Northwestern State men's DOBO comes to Ruston
After serving as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons for Southern Miss, Sharp was able to help with the transition of the new Lady Techster coaching staff during their first year in the league.
"I have watched her from afar and have had great respect for how she competes in recruiting and on the court," said Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr. "Alaura has tremendous contacts throughout the country and was a great asset in heading up our recruiting efforts. Her time as a successful head coach benefited our staff and program. She brings great energy to everything she does and has a fantastic rapport with her players."
During Sharp's first year in Ruston, the Lady Techsters exceeded all external expectations, winning 18 games and finishing fourth in the 14-team Conference USA standings (after being picked 12th in the preseason coaches' poll). Tech advanced to the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament and earned an invitation to the WNIT, the Lady Techsters first postseason appearance since 2011. Tech's 18 wins were also the most since the 2010-11 season.
During her time at Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles made back-to-back appearances in the Conference USA Tournament championship game. Southern Miss won a combined 52 games in those two years while making two trips to the Women's National Invitational Tournament, advancing all the way to the Elite Eight in 2015.
This past season she worked with Conference USA all-Freshman team honoree Caitlin Jenkins who was one of only two players in the league to average a double double.
"Brooke is a great person with awesome vision," said Sharp. "I enjoyed my time at Southern Miss and appreciate the opportunity that Coach McNelis and the administration gave me. This new journey is exciting for me, and the opportunity to help rejuvenate a program with tons of history and tradition was one that I could not resist."
Prior to her time in Hattiesburg, Sharp spent four years as the head coach at Garden City Community College where she turned the Lady Busters program into a top contender each year in the tough Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and Region VI.
While at GCCC, Sharp guided the Lady Busters to their best record in school history at 29-4 in 2012-13 and ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA Polls. Her career coaching record at Garden City was 83-45 and had the highest winning percentage for all women's coaches. Sharp also produced an All-American player in Tamara Jones from Prosser, Washington in her last two years.
During her tenure at GCCC, her teams defeated 11 nationally ranked teams. She posted back-to-back 20-win seasons including the teams' best start at 15-0 during 2012-13. Her teams finished second in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference in 2012 and 2013 while finishing third in 2010. She was awarded the KJCCC Coach of the Year in 2010 while her teams advanced to the semifinals of the Region VI Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
Prior to Garden City, Sharp spent one season at Lamar Community College in Colorado after a two-year stint at Adams State University as an assistant coach.
Sharp graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor's degree in physical education with a sports management concentration and minor in coaching. She earned her AA degree from Fort Scott Community College where she was a two-year letter-winner.
She was named a Kansas Jayhawk Community College second team all-conference selection while averaging 14.0 points and 12.0 rebounds. She also earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors. Sharp concluded her collegiate career at Southwest Minnesota State where she led her team in steals at 3.5 per game.
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