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Chris Sparks
Assistant Coach
2010-11 Men's Basketball Coaches
PHONE: (219) 464-6967 EMAIL: Chris.Sparks@valpo.edu
Chris Sparks

Chris Sparks begins his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Valparaiso men’s basketball program in 2010-2011.  Sparks previously played for the Crusaders from 1997-2000, becoming the eighth former player under Homer Drew to return as an assistant coach.

Sparks was inducted into the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame in 2009 as part of the 1997-1998 men’s basketball team that advanced to the Sweet 16.  He was also recently recognized as one of the 150 most influential people in Valparaiso University’s 150 years, as part of the Sweet 16 squad.

With the Crusaders, Sparks assists with post and perimeter player development and recruiting.  He also serves as the team’s academic supervisor and travel coordinator.  Over his first three seasons, Valpo has won 46 games and earned a postseason berth, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the inaugural CBI.

Sparks arrived at Valpo coming off of a two-year head coaching stint for the Canterbury Rams of the New Zealand National Basketball League.  In his time as head coach, Sparks was nominated as a Coach of the Year finalist by Basketball New Zealand in 2006.  His responsibilities did not end with coaching, however, as he also had to work on recruiting both local and international players for the Rams.  Sparks was also responsible for organizing clinics and marketing the organziation, and also ran Chris Sparks Basketball Camps throughout New Zealand.

During his time with the Rams, Sparks recruited and developed the 2006 NBL scoring champion, Dennis Trammell, on the lowest import budget in the league.  He also recruited and developed four NBL top-10 Power Ranking players in his two seasons on the sidelines.  Two more of his players received contracts in the Australian National League after their time with the Rams.

Sparks was head coach for the undefeated Athletes in Action team tour of Poland in May 2008.  With only two days practice, the AIA team posted a 3-0 record with victories against the Polish Junior National and Silesian All-Star teams. The AIA tour team also was featured in the prestigious Polish National Coaches' clinic with over 300+ coaches from Poland and Europe. The team was comprised of players from Valpo, Baylor, Illinois, Drake, Creighton and Coastal Carolina.

Prior to his time in New Zealand, Sparks served from 2001-2005 as a volunteer assistant coach for Athletes in Action.  Sparks also played on one of AIA’s international tour teams during the summer of 1998, playing against clubs in Croatia and Switzerland.

Sparks spent three seasons with the Crusader basketball team, during which Valpo made the NCAA Tournament on three occasions, including the Sweet 16 season of 1998.  He was a part of two Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship squads and three Mid-Con Tournament championship teams.  Sparks played his first two seasons at Vincennes University, helping the Blazers to a sixth place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 1997.

Sparks received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Vincennes in 1997 and graduated from Valparaiso with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2000.

2010-11 Men's Basketball
Men's Basketball Coaches
Homer Drew
Head Coach
Bryce Drew
Associate Head Coach
Luke Gore
Assistant Coach
Chris Sparks
Assistant Coach
Jake Diebler
Director of Basketball Operations
Migel Nunnery
Director of Community Relations
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo