The 2020-21 academic year will be Rachel Sharpe's second year as head track & field coach at Hanover College and seventh year overall with the program.
The 2019-20 indoor season brought great success as Sharpe guided the Hanover women's program to an HCAC title while leading the men's team to a third-place finish. She also saw USTFCCCA All-American senior Kenna Hunter qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championship in the pentathlon.
Sharpe, was a four-year member of the Panthers' track & field team as a student where she set school records as part of both the indoor 4x200m relay and the outdoor 4x400m relay. She was part of the team that won back-to-back indoor and outdoor HCAC Championships and ran a leg in the 4x400m relay that won the event her senior year. In addition, she currently ranks second all-time in school history in the outdoor 400m with a time of 59.45.
Sharpe garnered All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors on three separate occasions while competing as a Panther.
Twice she has been named a USTFCCCA Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year nominee guiding 40 sprinters to All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors during the 2018-19 Indoor and Outdoor Championships. During the 2019 Indoor Championship the men’s and women’s sprint and relay teams garnered 65 combined points, while posting 76 points during the Outdoor Championship.
Sharpe graduated from Hanover College in 2013 with a degree in Health and Movement Studies and as a Business Scholar. She currently is pursuing a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education.
She has run four half marathons and one full marathon, and lives with her husband, Devon Sharpe (Hanover, 2013), in Madison, Ind.