By Matt Bradshaw —
University spokesman John Karman confirmed last night that Ladybirds head coach Todd Sharp has been dismissed from his position. Sharp held the job for 16 years and led the way to numerous national titles, along with starring in a reality television show.
An open records request revealed Sharp was fired for “fiscal misconduct,” relating to the coach taking nearly $40,000 from athletic department funds over a two-year period.
Sharp joins a growing line of long-term coaches that have recently departed the University. Just last week, Ken Lolla resigned from his position of 13 years coaching men’s soccer.
Across Sharp’s tenure, the Ladybirds won 19 national championships. They remain a long-running part of athletics events and regularly perform at football, men’s and women’s basketball games.
The Ladybirds became the subject of Lifetime’s reality TV show “So Sharp” during their 2016-17 season. The channel described Sharp as “the winningest coach in the dance world” and a “gentle tyrant.”
Also losing Sharp’s leadership is the Floyd Central Dazzlers high school team in Indiana, as it was announced he resigned his post there as coach.
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