Senator Ron Sharp and Terry Woodward, both of Shawnee, are to be inducted into the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City.
The luncheon will take place from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. with a cost of 25 dollars per plate or 200 dollars per table.
Sharp was head coach at Shawnee from for 15 years, from 1974 to 1988. He coached the boys' team all 15 years and also coached the girls' team for five years, from 1983 to 1988 and was the assistant boys coach at Shawnee in 1973.
He coached the boys team to four Class 4A state championships and finished runner-up seven years. He took the girls to state in his first year coaching them where they finished runner-up and led the boys and girls to Class 3A state championships in 1986. Sharp's boys won 15 consecutive conference championships and the girls won all five of his years he coached them. His boys coaching record stands at 303-7 and his girls achieved a 91-8 record.
Sharp taught at Shawnee for 38 years before retiring in 2012. He was selected as Shawnee Teacher of the Year in 1994, 1996 and 1997 and was named the 2011 Oklahoma Teach of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as 2007 Outstanding American Teacher by National Honor Roll of American Teachers Organization. He is currently serving in his sixth year as the Oklahoma State Senator for District 17.
Sharp graduated from Shawnee in 1970 before going to Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he was a four-year varsity tennis Letterman. He graduated from Southeastern in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in social studies education and minors in business and journalism. He received his master's from Central State in education with an emphasis in political science in 1979 and his doctorate from Kensington in 1989.
Woodward graduated from Pawnee High School in 1969 and coached the boys and girls varsity teams at Shawnee from 1991 to 2013. Prior to coaching at Shawnee, Woodward coached at McAlester for 14 years , from 1977 to 1991 where he was also the basketball coach for 13 years.
Woodward's McAlester girls were state runner-up in 1980 in Class 4A/5A and he led the Shawnee boys to two runner-up finishes – the first in 1992 in Class 6A and the next in 2007 in Class 5A.
In his time coaching, he produced 25 All-State athletes and 13 individual state champions. He was a five-time Region 6 Coach of the Year and named the 2002 All-State East coach. He was named 2007 OTCA Boys Coach of the Year and and 2009 ODTA Oklahoma Boys Coach of the Year and served as OTCA President from 1990-91.
He directed summer tennis programs in Shawnee and McAlester and hosted and traveled with players to USTA Tournaments during the summer and during the high school season.
Woodward attended Central State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1975.
For more information on the event or to obtain tickets, call Ashley Todd at 405-201-6108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP by January 27.