LPHS Football Coach Dave Sharpe announces his resignation

Resigning Slicer Football Coach Dave Sharpe talks to reporters in his office Tuesday, Nov. 20.

WNLP story and photos by Mike Kellems
Surrounded by photos of his family, LaPorte Slicer Football Coach Dave Sharpe announced his resignation from the Slicer program Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, 2018, during a news conference held in his office at Kiwanis Field. Stating that his four years at LaPorte have been “a highlight in a chapter of my life,” Sharpe said he and his wife been discussing the possibility of stepping down during the bi-week of the recent sectional football tournament. 
Sharpe explained that following the recent loss of their son, 9-month old Jacob, he struggled with the grieving process, which played a large part in this decision. Following the loss of Jacob, Sharpe and his wife Kristen began a foundation in honor of their son. Kristen also became involved with Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, where Jacob had undergone much of his treatment during his short life. It is the family’s intention to move to the Indianapolis area, where Kristen will continue to work as an accountant and they both will work on the foundation, established to help grieving families who have lost children cover memorial and funeral expenses. (jacobsharpefoundation.org )   

Sharpe talks to his team during a recent game.

Sharpe, who informed his team last night at their year-end banquet, offered nothing but praise for the LaPorte community, noting that fans and supporters have always been with the team through thick and thin. He noted that it was community members who paid for Jacob’s funeral services and that he and his wife were never given a bill for the services. Jacob is buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, which is in the shadows of Kiwanis Field. 

Sharpe, who teaches social studies at LaPorte High School, will remain on staff through the end of the school year. However his family, which includes daughters Lindsey and Katelyn, will eventually move to the Indianapolis area. Sharpe said football is in his blood as much as teaching and he’ll pursue both once he is established in Indianapolis.
LaPorte Athletic Director Ed Gilliland told WNLP that a process will begin immediately to search for a new coach, beginning with forming a search committee. Application will be taken in early January with a deadline in mid-January and an interview process beginning Jan. 21. “Hopefully we will have a new coach in place by the March school board meeting.” Gilliland said that while he was disappointed to see Sharpe leave, as he would be with any young coach, he understood the family’s decision and would always remain supportive. 

One Response to “LPHS Football Coach Dave Sharpe announces his resignation”

  1. Matt Boardman

    Nov 20. 2018

    Once a Slicer, always a Slicer. We appreciate Coach Sharpe’s significant contribution to Slicer football, his leadership, and his mentoring of our young men and women. Best of luck to Dave, Kristin and kids in their next chapter!

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