Daniel Tharpe’s records will always be remembered in Brevard County and Cocoa High School. And to this day, some have yet to be broken.
During Tharpe’s four years as a Tiger, he received 15 varsity letters. He was a two-year starter in football as a running back, a four-year starter in basketball as a point guard, four-year starter in baseball as a pitcher and second baseman, and for four years was a No. 1 singles and doubles player in tennis. In basketball, he was a two-time First Team All-State selection, and in his senior year was an Honorable Mention All-American. As a pitcher, he threw two perfect games -- one of which he struck out every batter in the game against Melbourne – and tossed a combined 12 no-hitters in his junior and senior seasons, eventually being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.
Tharpe attended Western Carolina University where he was inducted into the Western Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991 after leading the baseball team in hitting in 1964, averaging double figures in scoring all four basketball seasons, playing tennis for two seasons, and starting at linebacker in 1964 before suffering an injury.
Additionally, Tharpe started the first “Little Dribbler” League for children 6-12 years of age in Brevard County that has now opened doors for children all around the state.