She brought Texas Tech's first and only team national championship to Lubbock in 1993 and we'll be driving on her freeway for years to come.
She was equal parts coach, mentor, educator and Lubbock ambassador during her 24 years as the Lady Raiders' head coach and her service continues.
She stepped down in 2006 after molding one of the top college women's basketball programs in the country.
Sharp was born in Washington and grew up in Tulia. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wayland Baptist in 1974 and her master's from West Texas State.
When she took over the Lady Raiders in 1982 at the age of 29, Sharp had held only two other coaching jobs. She was head coach at Lockney High School before joining Tech in 1981 as an assistant coach.
At Tech, Sharp stepped into the dawn of women's basketball as a major college sport. After the Lady Raiders won the 1993 national championship, the program was never the same, with Tech consistently advancing to the NCAA Tournament under Sharp.
She received the ultimate honor from the sport in 2003 when she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
In 2000, Sharp was one of seven inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, which recognizes women for outstanding achievements and contributions that impact Texans' lives.
She readily accepted her role as a high-profile Lubbock resident.
She is involved in a number of civic projects, often speaking at major functions and has been in the forefront of such causes as the United Way and the American Cancer Society.
In addition, her commitment to academics as well as athletics has been exemplary. In October 1997, she contributed $100,000 to the school's Academic Services Building for Athletics, helping provide Tech student athletes with top-of-the-line facilities.
"Marsha has done an outstanding job as the women's basketball coach at Texas Tech for a long period of time," Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said at her retirement. "She's been a great ambassador for the university, Lubbock and all of West Texas as one of the most outstanding coaches to have ever coached women's basketball. She leaves a legacy of one of the outstanding programs in the country."
Dr. J.A. Chatman
When he moved to Lubbock in 1939, Dr. J.A. Chatman brought more than his medical skills. He brought hope to the city's black community.
At that time there were fewer than 150 black physicians in the state and only five in West Texas.
Chatman was born in Navasota, was a seasonal cotton picker and graduated from high school in Mexia. After graduating from Prairie View A&M he earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.
During his time in the cotton fields he had dreamed of opening a medical facility for blacks. He returned to Mexia and fulfilled those dreams by establishing the first Chatman Hospital. While there he earned a reputation as a community leader.
Six years after moving to Lubbock, he established another hospital bearing his name at 23rd Street and Cedar Avenue. The mission of the $35,000 facility was to serve the residents of East Lubbock. In 1952, he added a nurses' home and quarters for ambulatory patients.
Chatman's community involvement continued in Lubbock. He served in local, state and national capacities with various medical organizations.
His leadership skills extended into the entire city. He served on the board of the Commonwealth Club, the Negro Chamber of Commerce and was a founder of the Negro Boys Club. He was a member of the Community Chest (now United Way) and the March of Dimes. He was a member and district trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
As an active Democrat, he was the first black elected to an official post in the Lubbock County Democratic party and to serve as a delegate to the state Democratic Convention.
Gov. Price Daniel appointed him to two White House conferences. Gov. John Connally sent his congratulations in 1963 when Chatman was honored by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance as a "man of deeds." Connally noted Chatman was "an ambassador of goodwill and citizen extraordinary."
Chatman's death in 1967 drew 1,400 mourners to the funeral service at First Methodist Church. His impact on Lubbock was noted in the eulogy by the Rev. D.E. Johnson of Dallas.
"Few men have given in such an affable manner of their time, talent and effort as Dr. J.A. Chatman. His service in the community, northwest Texas area and throughout the state of Texas was of such magnitude, quality and quantity that there was hardly an area in which his influence was not felt."
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