After 24 seasons, Marsha Sharp has built Texas Tech into one of the top programs in the country. But her reputation as a coach is as highly revered.
Here's a sampling of some of the comments that Sharp's peers and women's basketball analysts released Friday shortly after Sharp said she would resign at season's end:
"Marsha is one of those solid people in our profession who has really been instrumental in the growth of our sport. She and her work at Texas Tech have helped us get great visibility and credibility for the sport of women's basketball, and let's not forget about the long line of wonderful players she has developed. This is a very hard business, and Marsha has been at it for a long time. She started with nothing and has built Texas Tech to what now is one of the top programs in terms of tremendous fan support and success." -- Texas coach Jody Conradt
"Marsha Sharp represents everything that is good about women's basketball. So many of the opportunities we have been afforded in the last 10 years have been a result of the pioneering efforts of coaches like her. She has been an incredible mentor to me. I feel so fortunate to have come into this profession and into the Big 12 conference and to have had the positive influence of Marsha and her entire program. They just emanate class. Everything about Texas Tech women's basketball is class. I feel like I have been given a gift in being able to coach against her. It is a tremendous loss for our league and tremendous loss for the sport of women's basketball. Nobody does it better than Marsha." -- Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale
"Sharp has always treated her players with nothing but respect and love, and over the course of two-plus decades, that relationship with her players helped build Texas Tech into one of the most revered program's in women's basketball. From the time Sharp was a college basketball player at Wayland Baptist, she has always been one of the classiest women associated with the game. That was never more evident than just this past year, when Sharp opened her locker room and facilities -- and home, in some cases -- to the Tulane women, who were displaced after Hurricane Katrina. She treated coach Lisa Stockton and the Green Wave as if they wore red, black and white." -- ESPN analyst Nancy Lieberman
"She's been a leader in women's basketball for a long time. It's a close to a great era." -- Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers