College - Old Dominion
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER
Joe Sharpe enters his fifth season with the organization, serving as head athletic trainer. Before joining the Thunder, Sharpe spent four seasons as head athletic trainer for the Charlotte Bobcats. Prior to Charlotte, Sharpe was the head strength and conditioning coach/assistant athletic trainer with the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons, which included the teamís Midwest Division title and run to the Western Conference Finals.
Sharpe was previously the head basketball athletic trainer at the University of Connecticut during a nine-year stint with the Huskies that included its 1999 NCAA Championship season. He worked as part of the United States Olympic Committee medical staff at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center in 2002, and traveled to Thailand in 2007 for The University World Games.
During the summer of 2010 Sharpe served as the Athletic Trainer for the USA Menís National team as they competed in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. The USA team won gold and qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. He previously worked with the USA Basketball menís junior national team in 2002 and 2008, and the menís senior national team in 2009. Sharpe also participated in the NBAís Basketball Without Borders camp held in Johanneburg, South Africa in 2007.
Joe and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Joseph and Jayme.