Former CWU Basketball Coach Greg Sparling eyeing Nanook Coaching job; Visits campus

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Today the University of Alaska welcomed their top finalist for the Men's Basketball Head Coaching job for a Campus Visit.
Greg Sparling, who has been rumored to be a candidate since he left Central Washington, visited the Patty Center without being an opposing coach for the first time.
Sparling had spent the last 24 seasons as the head coach for the Central Washington Wildcats after taking over head coaching duties in 1994.
He accumulated 386 wins as the Wildcats head coach and led them to five GNAC Titles.
He earned seven consecutive winning seasons but his best year was in 2010 where they finished at 26-4 and earned a Division 2 National Championship Tournament appearance.
Sparling became a free agent at the end of Central's 2017-2018 season, which saw them go 15-13 and lose in the quarterfinals of the GNAC Championship tournament.
Wildcats Athletic Director Dennis Francois said the decision was made to take the program in a new Direction.
The New Direction may lead to a new beginning for Sparling at the Farthest North NCAA Basketball Program.
He said during his campus visit that this was a job he had been pursuing since Mick Durham left for Montana State Billings this spring.
He is hopeful that he will have the opportunity to lead the new era of Nanook Basketball.
"When Mick took the Billings job, I persued this right away. And I talked to Mick and some of the other Coaches here, Sokaitis, and saw what their thoughts were on it. They all said they loved the community. Weather is a little tough in the Winter, but if you're playing here one weekend, you're out the next weekend, so you're getting in and out of here. They say that the community support is huge, University support is good... It's a win-win for everybody. The community here seems like they back their sports. It sounds like they love the hockey, and like basketball, but we've got to get them to love Basketball. And that's by putting on a good product out on the floor... Something the community and the University can be proud of," said Greg Sparling, Alaska Men's Basketball Coaching Finalist.
We can expect the University to make a decision soon for their next Head Coach.
They should be ready to announce their decision as early as next week.
Also, candidates for the vacant Athletic Director position should be making their campus visits in the next couple weeks.