July 12, 1903|
February 21, 1945 (aged 41)|
At sea, near Iwo Jima
|Alma mater||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1928-1941||Georgia Tech (assistant)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Tech Athletic Hall of Fame
Mercer McCall "Mack" Tharpe (July 12, 1903 – February 21, 1945) was a college football player and coach, bomber pilot, and insurance salesman. He was killed in action during the Second World War.
He returned to his alma mater to coach in 1928, promoted to line coach in 1934. In 1931, he sought a scouting report on North Carolina, and Robert Neyland had Bobby Dodd explain the defense to him.
- "Bobby Dodd and Mack Tharpe".
- "Tharpe, Mercer McCall".
- "Alabama Places 4 Men On Newspaper All-Southern Team". The Kingsport Times. November 28, 1926.
- "Alexander-Tharpe Fund".
- "Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame".