Chris Sparks
 Chris Sparks
Assistant Coach

1st Season

Alma Mater:
Valparaiso, '00

Chris Sparks joined Coach Hunsaker's coaching staff as an assistant coach following a stint at his alma mater, Valparaiso University, where he was a member of the 1998 Sweet 16 team.

Sparks began his college playing career at Vincennes University, helping the Blazers to a sixth place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 1997. He then played for three seasons with the Valparaiso University basketball team, during which Valpo made the NCAA Tournament on three occasions, including the Sweet 16 season, well known for the Bryce Drew buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Ole Miss. Sparks was inducted into the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame in 2009 as part of the Sweet 16 team.

His next stop was a head coaching position with the Canterbury Rams of the New Zealand Professional National Basketball League where he was a coach of the year finalist. Sparks then took an assistant coaching position at Valparaiso University with a primary responsibility in recruiting and defensive strategy.

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.