Joseph Sharpe closed out his seventh season with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014-15 after previously serving as the head athletic trainer for the Charlotte Bobcats from its inception into the NBA in 2004 through 2008.
Prior to Charlotte, Sharpe was the assistant athletic trainer/strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons, which included the team's Midwest Division title and run to the Western Conference Finals. He was also the head basketball athletic trainer at the University of Connecticut during a nine-year stint and was in charge of the team's medical care during its NCAA Championship season in 1999.
Sharpe has served USA Basketball on numerous occasions. He was an athletic trainer for the gold medalist 2014 USA World Cup Team, 2012 U.S. Olympic Team and the 2010 USA World Championship Team, as well as for
Sharpe was named by the U.S. Olympic Committee as part of its medical staff and had primary responsibility for men’s basketball at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. Additionally, in 2002, he worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Sharpe also participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Joseph and Jayme.
Eleven weeks after leading the USA men to gold at the FIBA AmeriCup 2017, USA head coach Jeff Van Gundy is back to pilot the USA against Puerto Rico and Mexico in the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifying games.
Returning four members of the gold medalist 2017 USA Basketball AmeriCup Team, USA Basketball today announced the 12-man USA roster for the November first-round FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers.