Ken Sparks

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Ken Sparks
Biographical details
Born(1944-02-25)February 25, 1944
Knoxville, Tennessee
DiedMarch 29, 2017(2017-03-29) (aged 73)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Playing career
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1979Farragut HS (TN)
1980–2016Carson–Newman
Head coaching record
Overall338–99–2 (college)
29–5 (high school)
Tournaments19–5 (NAIA D-I playoffs)
19–15 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
5 NAIA Division I (1983–1984, 1986, 1988–1989)
21 SAC (1982–1984, 1986, 1988–1991, 1993–1999, 2002–2004, 2007–2009)
Awards
NAIA Division I Coach of the Year (1984)

Ken Sparks (February 25, 1944 – March 29, 2017) was an American football coach and player. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Career[change | change source]

Sparks served as the head football coach at Carson–Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee from 1980 until his retirement at the end of the 2016 season. He was the record-holder for the most wins as a coach in NCAA Division II history. He won five NAIA Championships (1983–1984, 1986, 1988–1989). He retired on November 2016.[1]

Death[change | change source]

Sparks died March 29, 2017 in Knoxville from prostate cancer, aged 73.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Legendary Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks announces retirement - Wate.com - November 14, 2016". Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  2. Ken Sparks, coaching icon at Carson-Newman, dies at 73

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