Basketball

Wabash Valley College did not achieve men’s basketball greatness through the exploits of one or two coaches. Not by a long shot.

In fact, since the program produced its’ first superteam, the 33-2 unit of 1977-78, no fewer than 12 men have served as head coach of the Warriors, one of them twice (Mark Coomes). All the while maintaining a high-profile standing in the juco basketball world, amazingly enough.

So please excuse long-time Wabash Valley College Athletic Director Paul Schnarre for not being terrified of his school losing Hall of Fame coach Dan Sparks, 68, to retirement.

“This is not our first rodeo. We’ve done this before,” said Schnarre, a Hall of Famer himself, while detailing plans on how Sparks will be replaced.

To begin with, the position has already been posted. “It’s out in the public that the position is open,” Schnarre said. “We will take applications until May 6. We hope to have the position filled by the (IECC District 529) Board meeting in May (May 20), or at least the job recommendation pending board approval.”

Schnarre is confident that an opening of this type will attract a quality field of applicants. “I would think there will be quite a few applicants,” he said. “We’ve had some inquiries already, some pretty good candidates have called and asked about the job.

“Now it’s just a process of waiting and seeing who actually formally files with our Human Resources Department at the District office in Olney.”
From there, Schnarre and the search committee, which he is still forming, will get the resumes and decide who to interview.

Sparks announced his retirement from coaching last week. He won 869 games, 706 at Vincennes University and the last 163 at Wabash Valley, making him the winningest coach at both schools.

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