Volleyball Announces Hiring of Eli Sharping as Assistant Coach

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Assistant Coach Eli Sharping

March 17, 2014

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Eli Sharping has been named assistant volleyball coach at East Carolina according to an announcement by head coach Julie Torbett on Monday. Sharping comes to Greenville after serving as a volunteer assistant at the University of Georgia during the 2013 season.

"We are excited to have Eli come on board," Torbett said. "He brings solid fundamentals having been trained at Sports Performance in Chicago as a player. He has coaching experience as an assistant at Wisconsin, which met Penn State in the National Championship last season, and at Georgia, which was a program that made a significant turn around and an NCAA appearance in 2013."

While serving as the Bulldogs' assistant coach, Sharping was responsible for opponent scouting using Data Volley and Data Video. In his year with Georgia, he helped guide the Bulldogs to a 22-9 mark which was the program's best record since 1994. He also led Georgia to an 11-win conference ledger which tallied the Bulldog's best SEC record since the 1995 season as they went on to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004.

Prior to his stint at George, Sharping served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers to a 17-win season while assisting the coaching staff with opponent scouting, video exchange and on-campus recruiting.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Sharping also brings years of club level success to East Carolina. He spent five seasons as the head coach of the Capital Volleyball Academy in Madison, Wis., where he coached the 16, 17 and 18 age levels. In his second year with CVA, Sharping pioneered his squad to a ninth place finish at the JVDA National Championships at the 18 Open Level before leading his 2010 team to a fifth place showing at the 18 Open Level AAU National Championships.

Sharping also brings several years of camps experience to the Pirates as he has worked volleyball camps at Wisconsin, Marquette, Nebraska and Georgia.



"His energy and excitement will add a new dimension to the gym and his knowledge of Data Volley and statistical and video analysis is just what we need at ECU," Torbett said. "He is a very smart young coach with a degree in neurobiology that will have a significant impact on our players and program."

While a student at Wisconsin, Sharping played for the men's club team from 2007-11 and served as a practice player for the women's volleyball team from 2008-11. He was also a member of the Sports Performance Boys' Volleyball Club from 2005-07. The all-area, all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection at Lake Park High School (Ill.) earned his Bachelor of Science in neurobiology from Wisconsin in 2012.