|Title:||Assistant Soccer Coach|
2018-19 will be Coach Sharma's third season developing Maryville's keepers.
A former collegiate and professional goalkeeper and women's assistant soccer coach at Cornell University, Hemant Sharma came to Maryville College after spending over a decade on the University of Tennessee women’s soccer staff.
At Maryville College, Hemant will be the goalkeeper coach for both the men and women’s programs, and he will be assisting in all other areas of the program, such as recruiting and day to day responsibilities.
During his playing career at Cornell, the Short Hills, N.J., native was chosen both All-Ivy league and All-Region, while reaching two NCAA Tournaments and playing on an Ivy League championship team in 1995. He set a school record for shutouts in a season and was ranked in the top 5 in NCAA Division I in goals-against-average in 1996. Sharma proved equally adept in the classroom as he was a member of the Dean's List and the winner of the prestigious James E. Rice writing prize.
He was a first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Blizzard in the National Professional Soccer League and a fifth-round draft pick of the Arizona Thunder of the World Indoor Soccer League and played five years of pro indoor soccer. The two leagues later combined to become the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Following his pro playing career, Sharma secured a position at his alma mater as an assistant coach for the Cornell women's squad (2001). He also earned special commendations from the Buffalo, N.Y., and Gulfport, Miss., mayor's offices for outstanding community service in helping to establish low-income youth soccer programs.
Sharma is a 1997 graduate of Cornell University, with a bachelor of arts in English and a certificate in Financial Management. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee in the summer of 2009 and was the first recipient of the University of Tennessee's Otis Stephens Fellowship -- granted for excellence in the study of American politics. He currently teaches in the University of Tennessee's Political Science Department and co-authored a textbook An Introduction to the American Legal System that was recently released by Wolters Kluwer publishers of New York. He has also penned an article entitled ‘The Game is the Best Teacher’ for the NSCAA magazine Soccer Journal.