FAIRBANKS, Alaska - It looks like the Alaska Nanooks men's basketball program is close to getting their coach, as they hosted their head coach finalist today, showing former Central Washington Head Coach Greg Sparling around the Alaska Fairbanks campus.
And Sparling brings a winning mentality possibly to the Nooks.
Sparling, who recently didn't have his contract renewed by Central Washington, fits the bill in what UAF Keith Champagne is looking for in a head coach.
Sparling is very familiar with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, spending time as the head coach of the Wildcats with him at the helm.
They were also looking for someone who knows the Northwest area for recruiting, and he fits that criteria serving as a coach in Washington for the past 24 years.
Sparling's overall record stands at 269 wins and 191 losses during his 17 years as a GNAC coach when it was created in the 2001-2002 season.
His overall record with the Wildcats is at 386 victories and 253 losses.
Sparling is their primary finalist, and he seems pretty eager about wanting to take the job with the Alaska Nanooks.
Have we also mentioned that Sparling and Keith Champagne have some history?
Champagne hired Sparling back in 1994 at Central Washington.
Sparling himself is excited about the possibility of joining the Nooks.
"The community has been really nice, everyone has gone out of their way to say hello and talk about the community, but you guys have a nice thing going on up here and I like to be you know potentially a part of it."