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Raider mentor gets new job, hosts event
by Ericka Birdsong
July 02, 2013 12:19 PM | 2520 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
East Paulding head wrestling coach Tom Sharpe will help direct a wrestling camp at the school July 10 to 12.
East Paulding head wrestling coach Tom Sharpe will help direct a wrestling camp at the school July 10 to 12.
Last season’s assistant coach, Tom Sharpe, is the new head wrestling coach at East Paulding as they prepare to host the Storm Center Wrestling Camp.

The previous head coach, Joe Kraft, is still with the program, now as the assistant coach. Due to other responsibilities with the school, Kraft will not be able to dedicate the necessary time to the team and the two agreed to swap roles.

This is Sharpe’s first head coaching position ever, but with the same people on staff he said the program will be run in “much of the same way” as last season.

One difference Sharpe has already made is the amount of camps the team participates in during the summer. The team traveled to Woodland High School in Cartersville for a camp on June 13 to 15. Next week four of the school’s wrestlers will be at a camp at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill while the rest stay behind to participate in the Storm Wrestling camp.

The camp will be the first for Raiders’ wrestling and is scheduled for July 10 to 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We wanted to give our kids an opportunity to go to a good, solid camp close by and get more people excited about wrestling in our community,” said Sharpe.

The camp is open to all ages and levels of experience with a cost of $25 for youth, $50 for all high school participants. Registration can be done on the day of the camp, but prior registration is best.

Campers are asked to bring a lunch as there will be “a whole lot of wrestling.”

Gerald Carr is expected to be a guest at the camp. Carr was a three-time state champion at West Laurens High in Dexter. Carr also was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1993 while at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 1995, while attending Lassen Community College in California, Carr was the NJCAA most outstanding wrestler, 167-pound NJCAA state champion and made the first all-American team.

Carr returned to his alma mater where he coached for 11 years, with Sharpe being one of his student-athletes. Two years ago, Carr opened the Storm Wrestling Center in Dublin.

“The camp will mostly focus on techniques. They’ll be drilling moves that they haven’t seen before or that are pretty common but with a different take on them,” said Sharpe.

For more information on the camp and registration, contact Sharpe at

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