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Sharp choice for MHC athletics department position

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After Martyn O’Donnell left the Medicine Hat College to purse other interests, the facility which just had hosted the national women’s soccer championships last year as well as enjoyed a successful year in athletics, was left one person short in the athletics department.

Enter Patrick Sharp, as the athletic events supervisor. He had been working with the library and was also an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team under Head Coach Craig Price and fellow assistants Bryce Henderson and Rich Humphrey.
The men’s basketball team went to nationals for the first time in the school’s history so that was a big accomplishment.
Sharp also did some broadcasting of Rattlers’ games on their localized television broadcasts.
He says he found out near the end of June that O’Donnell was leaving and told Terry Ballard, the College’s manager of sport and wellness of his intentions to apply for the job. He was successful in that application process.
So far, he’s loving the work.
“It’s a big job, there’s a lot of little things to worry about,” says Sharp who is always up for a challenge. “The sheer number of things has been interesting. Planning game dates, in the middle of the Kelly Hrudy breakfast fundraiser and just getting to work with the athletes. I’m so impressed with the days they have spent working to get themselves ready for this year. I understand their workloads with sports and school.”
Sharp describes himself as an athletic-minded person who plays sports and loves to coach and loves his family.
He has his work cut out for him as he will be busy. Already the soccer teams were in Kamloops during the August long weekend to take part in a tournament. The men’s volleyball team has a new head coach in Mark Price and now Sharp has to help with the Rattlers’ Athletics Scholarship Breakfast with Hrudy which takes place Sept. 16 at the Cypress Centre.
Sharp says while he’s trying to get his feet on the ground having only been on the job for a short while, he wants the athletes to continue fostering partnerships and building stronger relationships with the community. He says they have visited children in the hospital and work with them in the college’s Fun Run.
What he would like to do is to see if he can get a pool of players, from whatever teams, to make themselves available to make a visit to a sick child, get involved with a secondary school program, or community volunteering and then that way if there is a request made, the college would have a go-to person or group.
“It’s nice to see (the athletes) as heroes to these kids,” explains Sharp who adds not only the children enjoy the philanthropic visits, but the athletes do as well. “They really learn something. Hey, (the athletes) are basically still kids coming from high school. They don’t have parents and teachers following them around. The fact they can positively impact somebody down the road and do something nice, it makes these teenagers grow up. I want them to be ambassadors to the community. It will do themselves well  in their careers.
“It will help them become better people. If they can reach one kid it’ll be worth it.”
Another thing Sharp wants to do is “enhance the fan experience.”
He remembers when some of the crowds were huge and the more boisterous, the better. The players thrive off it and it makes it more enjoyable for everybody.
Sharp says his job is to create a positive atmosphere, so the fans and players can feed off each other.
The new athletic events supervisor is originally from Ontario. He went to both Wilford Laurier University and to the University of Calgary.
He has been at the Medicine Hat College since September 2007 and was hired as a multimedia support specialist.
Sharp looks forward to another strong year from all the teams.
To follow what the athletics department is doing check out their twitter at @psharp29 or @MHC_Rattlers.

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