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Head Coach John Sparks

Coach Sparks

Coach Sparks begins his eighth season at Shawnee Community College, after finishing 15-15 in the highly competitive Mid-West Athletic Conference. Returning only two sophomores and a handful of very talented freshmen, the Saints look to improve on last seasons record. D.D. Gillespie and Kyle Williamson saw major playing time as freshmen, combining for nearly twenty points per game.

Last seasons team finished with a .500 record (15-15), and worked hard on and off the floor. Three of the five sophomores from last year's team are continuing their education and playing career at four year universities. Brandon Anderson signed with Indiana University Southeast; Garrett Stone signed with Brescia University; and Sylvester Sipp signed with Lambath University. NJCAA Academic All-American Chris Needham is continuing his education at Southeast Missouri State.

Coach Sparks has helped over thirty kids in the last eight years realize their dream of playing at the next level. From NAIA institutions to Division I colleges and universities, Coach Sparks and Shawnee Community College have been preparing student athletes on and off the floor to be successful at the next level.

Coach Sparks places a great deal of emphasis on academics, community involvement, and hard work. The menís basketball program has helped place 23 student-athletes at the next level. They have also graduated 19 student athletes since Coach Sparks first season in 2003-04.

4 NJCAA Academic All-Americans
2004-05 Region 24 Runner-Up
2 NJCAA Pre-Season All-Americans
12 All-Region / All-Conference Selections
More than 20+ Student-Athletes that have moved on to play at four year universities.

Office: I-2019
Telephone: (618) 634-3230
Fax: (618) 634-3300

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John Sparks
Basketball Coach

Mike Fitzgerald
Athletic Director

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