Sparky Woods

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Sparky Woods
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born Oneida, Tennessee
Playing career
1973–1975 Carson–Newman
Position(s) Quarterback, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976 Tennessee (assistant)
1977 Kansas (assistant)
1978 North Alabama (assistant)
1979–1982 Iowa State (assistant)
1983 Appalachian State (assistant)
1984–1988 Appalachian State
1989–1993 South Carolina
1994 New York Jets (assistant)
1995–1996 Memphis (assistant)
1997–1998 Virginia (assistant)
1999–2002 Mississippi State (assistant)
2003–2006 Alabama (assistant)
2008–2014 VMI
2015–present Richmond (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 80–108–5
Tournaments 2–2 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 SoCon (1986–1987)
Awards
Kodak Region II Coach of the Year (1986)
3x Southern Conference Coach of the Year (1985–1987)

Phillip Perry "Sparky" Woods (born December 20, 1953) is an American football coach and former player. On February 20, 2015, he was named running backs coach, recruiting coordinator, and associate head coach, at the University of Richmond.[1] Prior, he was the head coach at the Virginia Military Institute, a position he held from 2008 to 2014. Woods served as the head coach at Appalachian State University from 1984 to 1988 and at the University of South Carolina from 1989 to 1993.

Playing career[edit]

Woods attended high school at Oneida high school, where he is still currently in the hall of fame. He holds the record for the most interceptions in a season. Woods played quarterback and defensive back at Carson–Newman College before graduating in 1976.

Coaching career[edit]

Woods was named the 30th head coach at VMI on February 13, 2008.[2] Before arriving at VMI, Woods had over 30 years of college and professional coaching experience.

When coaching at South Carolina, a song about Sparky Woods entitled "Sparky Rock" was released on cassette tape.

On November 24, 2014, it was announced by VMI that Woods' contract would not be renewed by Athletic Director Dave Diles.[3] The announcement came less than a day after a 45–25 loss to arch rival The Citadel, ending a 2–10 season for the Keydets. In seven seasons, Woods attained a 17–62 record at VMI, including a mark of 9–32 in conference play.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN[4]#
Appalachian State Mountaineers (Southern Conference) (1984–1988)
1984 Appalachian State 4–7 2–5 7th
1985 Appalachian State 8–3 6–1 2nd 12
1986 Appalachian State 9–2–1 6–0–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 6
1987 Appalachian State 11–3 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal 2
1988 Appalachian State 6–4–1 4–3 4th
Appalachian State: 38–19–2 25–9–1
South Carolina Gamecocks (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1989–1991)
1989 South Carolina 6–4–1
1990 South Carolina 6–5
1991 South Carolina 3–6–2
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southeastern Conference) (1992–1993)
1992 South Carolina 5–6 3–5 4th (Eastern)
1993 South Carolina 5–6 2–6 T–4th (Eastern)
South Carolina: 25–27–3 5–11
VMI Keydets (Big South Conference) (2008–2013)
2008 VMI 4–7 1–4 T–3rd
2009 VMI 2–9 1–5 6th
2010 VMI 3–8 2–4 T–4th
2011 VMI 2–9 2–4 T–5th
2012 VMI 2–9 1–5 6th
2013 VMI 2–10 1–4 6th
VMI Keydets (Southern Conference) (2014–present)
2014 VMI 2–10 1–6 8th
VMI: 17–62 9–32
Total: 80–108–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

References[edit]

  1. ^ John, O'Connor (20 February 2015). "Ex-VMI coach Woods joins UR staff, Fisher promoted to offensive coordinator". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "VMI News Release on Hiring". Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Woods Contract Not Extended as VMI Head Football Coach". VMIKeydets.com. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Final poll standings are from The Sports Network.

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