Ken Sparks (born February 25, 1944) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, a position he has held since 1980, and is the winningest football coach in NCAA Division II history. His Carson-Newman Eagles have won five NAIA Championships (1983-1984, 1986, 1988-1989), and have been runners-up in the NCAA Division II playoffs three times (1996, 1998-1999). Contents 1 Early life, 2 Head coaching record 2.1 College, , 3 See also, 4 References, 5 External links, Early life: Sparks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He played college football as a wide receiver at Carson-Newman and graduated from the school in 1968. He was football coach at Gibbs High School in Knoxville. The next year he received a master's degree from Tennessee Technological University where he also coached quarterbacks and receivers. He coached at Morristown East High School in Morristown, Tennessee. In the early 1970s, Sparks was an assistant coach on the Carson-Newman football team that was a runner up in the NAIA championship game. He coached the school's track team and he was named Southern Collegiate Track Coach of the Year. In 1977 he returned to Carson-Newman where he coached the track team. In the fall, he coached at Farragut High School in Knoxville where he accumulated a 29-5 record. Among his players was Bill Bates. Following his string of successes, Carson-Newman built the new Burke-Tarr Stadium in 2005. Sparks, who was once Fellowship of Christian Athletes National Coach of the Year, actively pursues a Christian aspect in his coaching and is a popular public speaker. He was quoted as saying that, if football can be used as a tool to bring people to the Lord, then "it has done something. If it hasn't, we haven't done a thing, no matter how many games we won." Head coaching record: College: Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Carson-Newman Eagles (South Atlantic Conference) (1980-present) 1980 Carson-Newman 7-3 5-2 3rd 1981 Carson-Newman 7-4 4-3 3rd 1982 Carson-Newman 10-2 6-1 1st L NAIA Quarterfinal 1983 Carson-Newman 10-3 6-1 1st W NAIA Championship 1984 Carson-Newman 10-2-1 6-1 1st T NAIA Championship 1985 Carson-Newman 5-5 3-4 5th 1986 Carson-Newman 12-1 6-1 1st W NAIA Championship 1987 Carson-Newman 10-4 4-3 T-3rd L NAIA Championship 1988 Carson-Newman 12-2 5-2 T-1st W NAIA Championship 1989 Carson-Newman 12-1 6-1 1st W NAIA Championship 1990 Carson-Newman 11-1 7-0 1st L NAIA Semifinal 1991 Carson-Newman 10-1 7-0 1st L NAIA Quarterfinal 1992 Carson-Newman 8-3 6-1 2nd L NAIA Quarterfinal 1993 Carson-Newman 8-2-1 6-1 1st L NCAA Division II First Round 1994 Carson-Newman 8-3 6-1 T-1st L NCAA Division II First Round 1995 Carson-Newman 9-3 6-1 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 1996 Carson-Newman 12-2 6-1 1st L NCAA Division II Championship 1997 Carson-Newman 11-1 7-0 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal 1998 Carson-Newman 12-2 7-0 1st L NCAA Division II Championship 1999 Carson-Newman 13-1 8-0 1st L NCAA Division II Championship 2000 Carson-Newman 8-2 5-2 3rd 2001 Carson-Newman 6-3 5-2 T-2nd 2002 Carson-Newman 12-1 7-0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 2003 Carson-Newman 11-2 6-1 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 2004 Carson-Newman 9-3 6-1 1st L NCAA Division II Second Round 2005 Carson-Newman 8-2 5-2 2nd 2006 Carson-Newman 8-3 4-3 4th 2007 Carson-Newman 10-1 5-1 T-1st 2008 Carson-Newman 7-4 5-2 T-1st L NCAA Division II First Round 2009 Carson-Newman 11-3 7-0 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal 2010 Carson-Newman 7-4 5-2 2nd 2011 Carson-Newman 5-6 3-4 5th 2012 Carson-Newman 9-3 5-2 2nd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 2013 Carson-Newman 3-0 1-0 2nd Carson-Newman: 311-83-2 186-46 Total: 311-83-2 National championship Conference title Conference division title

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