Mike Sharp, Early assistant football coach and head boys and girls golf coach was honored this past weekend as a Shining Apple Award recipient by former student athlete Diesel Ceresini, a graduating senior at Hamilton High School, and the Friends of Hamilton ISD Education Foundation.

Sharp was nominated by Ceresini as the educator who had the biggest impact on his life and school career. Ceresini was a starting offensive lineman as a freshman for Sharp and the Longhorns during the 2014 football season before moving to Hamilton. In the nomination essay, Ceresini described Sharp as a “very experienced and knowledgeable coach who pushed us to better ourselves and never gave up on us” being very “serious during drills but making everything in between fun.” He instilled that football is like life. . .”sometimes things aren’t going to go your way but you just have to fight through it. He told it like it is.” He described Sharp as an “excellent coach... hard to find and impossible to forget.”

Sharp’s connection to Hamilton does not start with Ceresini. Sharp was the Bulldog head football coach from 1993 through 1997, leading them to a stunning defeat of state-ranked Bangs for the district championship. The championship gave the Bulldogs their first playoff appearance since 1961. The playoff victory against McGregor became the first playoff victory in school history. The Bulldogs were eventually defeated by Rosebud-Lott, who fell to state champion Celina.