Notre Dame Athletics | July 11, 2018
Matt Sparks, tutor of a series of top-flight distance standouts over his four years as University of Notre Dame associate head coach, has been named the Hatherly-Piane head coach for the Irish men’s and women’s track and field and cross country program.
Sparks has guided the Notre Dame cross country program, as well as coaching Irish women’s distance runners throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons during those four years after holding a similar role at Southern Illinois University for 12 years.
“Matt's leadership of our very successful women's distance program during the past four years, the compelling endorsements given to us by his students and his passion for Notre Dame's mission make Matt the perfect choice to lead our program forward into what we believe can be an era of unprecedented success,” says University vice president and James E. Rohr director of athletics Jack Swarbrick.
“Growing up in Indiana, I have long felt that Notre Dame has always been a place of storied tradition,” says Sparks. “Having now spent four years at Notre Dame, this place is even more special to me. I now fully understand the tremendous pride felt for Notre Dame by students and the alumni of this University.
“It is with the utmost respect for this University that I look forward to leading the track and cross country program. I would like to thank the search committee led by Claire Leatherwood Slebonick and Reggie Brooks, as well as athletic director Jack Swarbrick and University president Father John Jenkins for believing in my vision for the program.”
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