Jimmy Sharpe
Biographical details
Born (1939-10-31) October 31, 1939 (age 83)
Montgomery, Alabama
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963–1973Alabama (assistant)
1974–1977Virginia Tech
1978Mississippi State (AHC/OC)
1979Pittsburgh (AHC/OL)
Head coaching record

Jimmy Sharpe (born October 31, 1939) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1974 to 1977. He was also an assistant coach at the University of Alabama, under Bear Bryant, and at Mississippi State University. Sharpe graduated Montgomery's Sidney Lanier High School and, in 1974, from the University of Alabama.

Virginia Tech

Sharpe, an 11-year veteran of Bear Bryant's Alabama coaching staff, was hired by the Hokies in 1974 to replace Charlie Coffey, who had been let go following a lackluster performance. He was dismissed in 1977 following a disappointing 3–7–1 season.[1]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Virginia Tech Gobblers (NCAA Division I independent) (1974–1977)
1974 Virginia Tech 4–7
1975 Virginia Tech 8–3
1976 Virginia Tech 6–5
1977 Virginia Tech 3–7–1
Virginia Tech: 21–22–1
Total: 21–22–1


  1. ^ "Texas is solid No.1—at least until January 3". St. Petersburg Times. November 29, 1977. Retrieved July 15, 2012.