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Assistant CoachMegan Pendergast
Megan Pendergast is in her second season with the Golden Hurricane after joining The University of Tulsa volleyball coaching staff in March 2014. Before coming to Tulsa, Pendergast spent one season as a student assistant coach at her alma mater Texas A&M.
Pendergast began her collegiate career at the University of Nebraska, but completed her career at Texas A&M. She played in 59 of 62 matches as the starting designated libero at A&M.
Pendergast recorded 400-plus digs in each of her two seasons with the Aggies. She posted 419 digs, which ranked 10th most in school history, and averaged 4.03 digs per set in her junior season. As a senior, Pendergast recorded 441 digs, tying for seventh place on the school's single-season digs list, and averaged 3.90 digs per set.
Pendergast's 4.03 digs per set as a junior ranked her fifth in the Big 12 Conference, while she also ranked seventh in the Big 12 with 4.00 digs per set in league matches. Her 3.90 digs per set during her senior season ranked 11th in the SEC, while she also ranked seventh in the SEC with 4.10 digs per set in league matches. Pendergast posted double-digit digs in 24 matches as a senior and in 25 matches her junior season.
She recorded a career-high 32 digs against Arkansas in her senior season, which was the second most digs by an A&M player during the rally scoring era. Pendergast was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week when she averaged 5.14 digs per set in two victories over Missouri and Alabama and added a career-high eight assists against the Tigers in her senior season.
As a senior, Pendergast tied for the team-lead with 27 service aces and ranked second on the team and 12th in the SEC with an 0.24 service aces average per set. She led the team with 663 service reception attempts and posted a .968 reception percentage during her senior season.
At Nebraska, Pendergast saw limited action both years as she played in 17 matches and totaled a season-high 12 digs against No. 11 Minnesota as a freshman.
A native of League City, Texas, Pendergast graduated from Texas A&M in December 2013 with a degree in psychology.
Eli Sharping joined the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in 2015, after one season as the assistant coach with the East Carolina Pirates. In 2014, ECU posted 15 wins in a tough American Athletic Conference.
Prior to ECU, Sharping served as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia during the 2013 season. Sharping was responsible for opponent scouting using Data Volley and Data Video. In his year with Georgia, he helped guide the Bulldogs to a 22-9 mark which was the program's best record since 1994. He also led Georgia to an 11-win conference ledger which tallied the Bulldog's best SEC record since the 1995 season as they went on to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004.
Prior to his stint at Georgia, Sharping served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers to a 17-win season while assisting the coaching staff with opponent scouting, video exchange and on-campus recruiting.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Sharping also brings years of club level success to Tulsa. He spent five seasons as the head coach of the Capital Volleyball Academy in Madison, Wis., where he coached the 16, 17 and 18 age levels. In his second year with CVA, Sharping pioneered his squad to a ninth-place finish at the JVDA National Championships at the 18 Open Level before leading his 2010 team to a fifth-place showing at the 18 Open Level AAU National Championships.
Sharping also brings several years of camps experience to the Hurricane as he has worked volleyball camps at Wisconsin, Marquette, Nebraska and G eorgia.
While a student at Wisconsin, Sharping played for the men's club team from 2007-11 and served as a practice player for the women's volleyball team from 2008-11. He was also a member of the Sports Performance Boys' Volleyball Club from 2005-07. The all-area, all-conference and honorable mention all-state selection at Lake Park High School (Ill.) earned his Bachelor of Science in neurobiology from Wisconsin in 2012.