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Coaching Staff

Luke Winter
Head Coach - 1st Season

Winter begins his first season as the Men's Soccer head coach in 2017-2018. 

Luke graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 2012 where he received many individual accolades; AAC All-tournament Team, AAC Tournament MVP, AAC All-conference 1st Team, Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, AAC Player of the Week, and NAIA All-East Region 1st Team. In his junior year, he finished the season ranked #1 in the nation for game winning goals, 3rd for goals per game, and 5th for total goals. As a team member, Luke was part of the first TWC team to receive its first ever NAIA national ranking. He was a member of the 2010 AAC Regular Season Champion and 2012 AAC Tournament Champion teams. In 2012, Luke was a leading force in aiding the Bulldogs back to the NAIA National Tournament.  Luke believes his highest achievement at Tennessee Wesleyan was receiving the Athletic Directors award for helping improve the success of the Men's Soccer program.

After graduating with a double major in sports management and sports science, Winter attended Shorter University as a graduate assistant for the men's soccer team, where he earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration. Winter was essential in helping the team to a 10-6-2 record in 2013, a vast improvement from the 2012 record of 4-13-1. This winning season led Shorter to 3rd place in GSC and 11th nationally in the NCCAA.

Most recently, Winter has served as the assistant coach for Men's Soccer at Bryan College for the past three seasons with those teams winning the AAC regular season in 2015 and qualifying for the 2016 NAIA National Tournament.

Coach Winter currently holds his USSF National C License, NSCAA National Diploma, FA Level 1 & 2 along with an FA Learning Disability coaching certificate.

Luke has also worked at various youth academies across TN and GA; McMinn United, North Georgia United, Middle Valley Soccer Association and currently for Chattanooga Football Club Academy.   Furthermore as a player, Luke has been part of the highly successful Chattanooga FC team for the past six summers. Competing in the NPSL, Luke has been part of the CFC teams that have won the South East Conference five times, South Region four times, and also made the national final three. He was individually named on the 2014 & 2016 All-NPSL XI, 2015 & 2016 All-NPSL Supporters XI, Lamar Hunt US open cup player of the second round, and is the CFC all-time leading scorer.

Billy Sparks
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Billy Sparks begins his first season as Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach in August 2018.

The Leicester, England native graduated in 2013 after a successful collegiate soccer career at Tennessee Wesleyan with degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Management.

During his time as a player, Sparks was team captain for two years, selected All-Conference three times, considered one of the top 10 NAIA defenders in 2011 and helped the Bulldogs bring home an Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular season title in 2010 and the AAC tournament championship in 2012.

After graduation, Sparks attended St. Andrews University where he was a Graduate Assistant for the men's soccer team while working on a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Sparks' contribution was exceptional in helping the team achieve the best season in school history in 2014 when the Knights went 17-2-1 and won the AAC regular season and tournament championships. The Knights made an appearance in the sweet 16 of the NAIA national tournament that season

Sparks returns to TWU after serving as a Graduate Assistant for the highly successful William Carey University men's soccer team. His positive influence helped the team reach the Elite Eight of the NAIA national tournament the past two seasons with a 34-5-3 record in that period. In February 2018, Sparks successfully completed his Master of Education degree before moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sparks currently holds his USSF National D License, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA GK Level One & Two, and FA First for Sport Level Coaching Award. Sparks has worked at various youth academies across Tennessee and Mississippi; McMinn United, Chattanooga Football Club, Knoxville Football Club and Hattiesburg Youth FC.

His playing experience includes time as a soccer scholar at the Notts County FC Centre of Excellence for eight years (English Football League Division 1), U18 & First Team player at Stamford Town FC (English Senior Football Level 3) and a United Counties League player at Bourne Town FC and Yaxley FC (English Senior Football Level 4). Sparks also played in the National Premier Soccer League for Knoxville Force FC.

Sparks currently resides in Chattanooga, TN with his wife Victoria.