Grace College athletic office manager Kelly Sharp was recognized at the annual NCCAA National Convention on Thursday night.
Sharp was given the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award by the NCCAA; she is the first administrative professional to receive the national award.
Sharp oversees and directs many of the daily operations for all 17 varsity programs at Grace. She serves more than 300 student-athletes on a daily basis and has also served as a tournament committee member and the banquet director for the NCCAA Division I Basketball Championships, hosted by Grace.
“Kelly has been and continues to be a standard of Christian excellence in the arena of athletics at Grace,” said Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “Her leadership and servant-like attitude has helped build a strong and unique culture in our athletic department that reflects the NCCAA’s Game Plan 4 LIFE.”
Sharp’s leadership ability and level of professionalism are evident with the success she has built within the athletic department. She maintains and oversees all compliance and insurance functions for the department. Her passion for higher education is evident, and she is dedicated to impacting both coaches and students through the platform of athletics.
She serves both the community and campus in many areas, including serving as a mission trip leader for women’s tennis in the past. She mentors student-athletes and works with integrity and a sincere commitment to Christian excellence.
Kelly and her husband, Mark, are members of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor).