Sharp Gets Nod as New ISU Assistant

AMES, Iowa--Darryl Sharp, who was Iowa State's director of basketball operations in 2003-04, has been promoted to assistant coach, ISU head coach Wayne Morgan announced today. Sharp was an assistant coach at Norfolk State in 2002-03 and spent two seasons as an administrative assistant at Louisville before joining the Iowa State men's basketball staff in June 2003.

"We are pleased to announce the appointment of Darryl Sharp as our new assistant coach," Morgan said. "He has done a terrific job and has demonstrated that he has the work ethic, character and personality to succeed."

A native of Kennett Square, Pa., Sharp was in charge of recruiting, academic progress and various other administrative duties in his first season with the Cyclones. He handled similar duties in his one season in Norfolk, Va., arranging all recruiting visits for the staff and developing prospects list. He also coordinated all film exchange and assisted with individual improvement drills in the off-season.

"This is a great opportunity for me," Sharp said. "I have the utmost respect for Coach Morgan and I thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Iowa State. I learned a lot under Coach Morgan's leadership and I look forward to making contributions to ISU's continued success."

Before his stint at NSU, Sharp worked with Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum at the University of Louisville as an administrative assistant for two seasons (1999-2001). The Cardinals made the NCAA Tournament in 2000, tallying a 19-12 record while finishing second in the Conference USA American division. Sharp was instrumental in recruiting All-American Reece Gaines, who ended his career at Louisville as the third-best scorer in C-USA history.

Prior to working in the college ranks, Sharp was an assistant coach at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minn., (1997-98) and an assistant coach for Team Minnesota/Team Pulley (1997-98), the top AAU basketball program in Minnesota. Khalid El-Amin, Troy Bell and Adam Boone are just a few of the star players Sharp coached while assisting Howard Pulley.

A 1990 graduate of Bloomsburg (Pa.) University in economics, Sharp spent time as a broker for Robert W. Baird and US Bank before getting into coaching. He and his wife, Rebecca, are parents of two children, Stephon (8) and Saige (3).

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