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 the 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2010 USA National Teams. In 2009 he was an athletic trainer for the USA’s Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas. He was also the athletic trainer for the 2008 USA Basketball Men's U18 Team that captured a silver medal in Argentina, and was the athletic trainer for the 2002 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that earned the bronze medal in Isla de Margarita, Venezuela.
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.