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Mike Sharrow

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Mike Sharrow

Mike Sharrow was a beloved physical education teacher and coach in South Glens Falls for 33 years, retiring in 2003.  Mike coached all levels of football, basketball, varsity cross country, and varsity golf.  Mike was best known as the coach of the boys’ basketball team during an amazing run from 1980 to 1983. The Bulldogs won three straight Foothills Council titles and were at times the #1 team in the state.

A native of Witherbee, NY, Mike taught physical education at Tanglewood and Moreau Elementary Schools for 14 years.  Mike then moved to Oliver W. Winch Junior High School, where he spent his final 19 years teaching and coaching. While at the Junior High, he served as the chair of the Physical Education department.

In a Post Star story upon Mike’s retirement in 2003, longtime friend and colleague, the late Mike Nolan, was quoted as saying, “If you gave Mike an athlete, he would produce a decent human being. Isn’t that what a high school coach is supposed to do?” Throughout Mike’s teaching and coaching career, he had a positive influence on the lives of many students. Mike inspired many by emphasizing that dedication and hard work would help them achieve their own goals in life.

A tremendous athlete himself, Mike was a four-sport standout for Moriah Central School. While playing for the baseball team at Hudson Valley Community College, Mike played in the Jr. College World Series in Colorado Springs. Mike also walked on to the football team at the University of Buffalo, where he was awarded a full scholarship after his initial tryout. He was a talented basketball player, playing with the Patrick’s Semi-Pro team for many years.

Mike was a scratch golfer, and over the years won numerous tournaments. He was one of the best pure putters this area has ever seen. Mike was fond of saying, the true joy of golf isn’t about how you played, or where you played, but who you played with.

Mike fought a valiant battle when he was diagnosed in January of 2013 with a rare form of leukemia. Throughout his illness, he kept an upbeat and positive attitude. Mike was an inspiration to his family, friends, and the students he taught. On November 11, 2013 Mike succumbed to acute erythroid leukemia.