Charlotte Hornets

Address: 333 East Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Arena Name: Spectrum Center
Phone: (704) 688-8991

Joe Sharpe

Director of Healthcare & Sports Performance / Head Athletic Trainer
Education: Old Dominion University (M.Ed., B.S.)
NBATA Member Since: 2002
Joe Sharpe returns to Charlotte for his 1st season with the Charlotte Hornets where he will serve as the healthcare and sports performance director / head athletic trainer. A native of Bedford, VA, Sharpe spent ten season with the Oklahoma City Thunder where he serves as the senior athletic trainer, four seasons as head athletic trainer for the Charlotte Bobcats. Prior to Charlotte, Sharpe was the head strength and conditioning coach/assistant athletic trainer with the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons, which included the team’s Midwest Division title and run to the Western Conference Finals. Prior to employment in the NBA, Sharpe was the head basketball athletic trainer at the University of Connecticut from 1993-2002, which included the Huskies 1999 NCAA Championship season.

Sharpe has been an active participant with the USA Basketball program dating back to 2002. During the summers of 2012 and 2016, Sharpe won a gold medal while serving as athletic trainer for the men’s USA Basketball Olympic team. He won gold while serving as an athletic trainer for the men’s USA Basketball teams at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2014 FIBA World Cup. His involvement with USAB also includes serving at the Under-18, Under-19, and University World Games.

Sharpe currently serves as chairman of the National Basketball Athletic Trainers' Association, and is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is also a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a performance enhancement specialist (PES) and corrective exercise specialist (CES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1 and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1 with Functional Movement Systems, and a Level 1 Medical Specialist with the Titleist Performance Institute. He has pursued advanced training in dry needling, manual therapy, acupressure and acupuncture.

In 2007, Sharpe participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sharpe also regularly speaks to young athletes about performance and health, as well as student groups interested in pursuing careers in sports medicine.

Sharpe developed an interest in athletic healthcare as a three-sport athlete at Liberty High School. He attended Old Dominion University, where he received a Bachelor of Education with emphasis in Sports Medicine, and a Masters of Education with emphasis in Athletic Training.

Joe and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Joseph and Jayme.

Aaron Karkow

Assistant Athletic Trainer
NBATA Member Since: