Graduate of University of Ottawa in Health Science and Education
High School Teacher/ Athletic Director (Ashbury College, Cornwall Collegiate, Nepean High School)
42 years coaching men's and women's basketball
Women's Basketball Head Coach
University of Ottawa
Andy Sparks has been the head coach of the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team since 2008-09, amassing a regular season record of 188-67 (.737), a playoff record of 27-23 (.540) and more than 350 wins overall. Those totals are all program records as the Gee-Gees have enjoyed the most successful period in program history during Sparks' leadership.
The Ottawa native has led the program to five uSports national championship appearances, collecting two usports bronze, one OUA gold, four OUA Finals, , three OUA silver, and one OUA medal. In 2018-19, Sparks was named the OUA Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
Sparks brought Ottawa to the CIS national championship tournament in his first season after inheriting a team which went 3-19 in 2007-08 and the Gee-Gees have qualified for the OUA playoffs in each season since Sparks took over. This past season the team went 18-4 in league play and advanced to at least the OUA semi finals for the 9th time. In each of the past 2 seasons the team has been ranked #1 nationally.
In March 2012, he was named head coach of Canada Basketball’s Junior Women’s National Team. At the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women in Puerto Rico, Sparks guided his national squad to a semi-final appearance, qualifying them for the 2013 FIBA World U-19 World Championship.
An Ottawa native and University of Ottawa graduate in physical education and education, Sparks coached girls and boys championship teams at Ashbury College, Nepean H.S., and Cornwall Collegiate over twenty nine years, earning the OFSAA Leadership in School Sport Award in 1997.
Board of Directors CCMHS (Canadian Center for Mental Health and Sport).
Recipient of the 2019 Ottawa Community Builder Award
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