A former Cougar standout as a player and coach, Sharon Lehman is moving into her 19th year at Azusa Pacific, and second as the associate director of athletics. Noted for her attention to detail and personal skill with people, Lehman manages the professional development of the Cougar coaching staff, oversees the health-care of student-athletes, and serves as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while helping coordinate the athletic department's community relations program.
Lehman returned to her alma mater in 1994 as the softball head coach and fashioned the program's best seasons over the next 11 years, leading the Cougars to the NAIA Tournament three times, twice finishing fifth before advancing to the national championship game in 2000.
Though she retired from coaching in 2005, as the winningest coach in Golden State Athletic Conference history, she continued to teach at Azusa Pacific and moved into administration, becoming department chair of the university's exercise & sport science program as well as taking on additional assignments at assistant director of athletics.
Lehman returned to Azusa Pacific after a nine-year stint as the girl's softball and basketball coach at The Linfield School in Temecula, Calif. She compiled an 80-13 record in four seasons as the Lions' head softball coach, which included an amazing 37-1 league mark. Linfield won the 1985 and 1986 CIF Small School Championships, and as a result of her diamond success, Lehman was named CIF Coach of the Year both seasons. In addition to coaching, Lehman also served as Linfield's dean of students and director of student activities while teaching English classes.
A 1982 graduate of Azusa Pacific, Lehman was a three-year starter on the Cougar basketball team and a key member of the 1981 Cougars who advanced to the NAIA semifinals. As a 1982 senior, she earned NAIA Academic All-American and NAIA All-District honors while averaging 10.6 points and 2.4 assists. She tossed in a career-high 19 points vs. UC Irvine during the 1982 season. A lifetime 72 percent shooter from the charity stripe, Lehman led the Cougars in free throw shooting her final three seasons.
Born in Hawaii, Lehman moved with her family to California where she prepped at Perris (Calif.) High, lettering in softball, basketball and tennis.
She has a bachelor's degree in physical education and a master's in education both from Azusa Pacific. In the summer of 2002, she graduated with her doctorate's degree in education from the U.S. Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. A former NAIA Academic All-American, Lehman, who also teaches in Azusa Pacific physical education department, was inducted into Azusa Pacific's Academic Hall of Honor in the fall of 2004.