Andy Sparks has been the head coach of the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team since 2008-09, amassing a regular season record of 170-63 (0.730) and a playoff record of 22-20 (.536) (As of Febraury 22, 2019). Those totals are all program records as the Gee-Gees have enjoyed the most successful period in program history during Sparks' leadership.
The Ottawa native has led the program to five CIS national championship appearances and four OUA Final appearances, while collecting one CIS bronze, one OUA gold, three OUA silver, and one OUA bronze medal. In 2018-19, Sparks was named the OUA Coach of the Year for the fifth time.
The Gee-Gees have qualified for the OUA playoffs in each season since Sparks took over. The team has claimed first place in its division during the regular season five times under Sparks, including first overall in the OUA in 2018-19 with a program-best 21-2 record. The other first place seasons came in the championship season of 2011-12, and again in 2012-13 en route to a nationals appearance. In 2014-15, Ottawa claimed first in the newly created OUA North Division with a 14-5 regular season record. In 2015-16 the Gee-Gees went 17-2 to place first overall in the OUA.
Sparks brought Ottawa to the CIS national championship tournament in his first season after inheriting a team which went 3-19 in 2007-08. By the 2011-12 season, Sparks had the program in position to record its best ever season. The Gee-Gees went 19-3 in the OUA regular season and captured their second-ever OUA Championship title. Ottawa followed this with its program-best CIS national championship finish, placing third to take home the first CIS medal in the program’s 41-year history. The Gee-Gees were ranked 11 times in the CIS Top 10 poll and also went on to sweep the OUA East major awards.
In 2012-13, Sparks brought in the largest recruiting class yet in his tenure at uOttawa and coached the young team to his second OUA East regular season title and a sixth place finish at the CIS Final 8.
In March 2012, he was named head coach of Canada Basketball’s Junior Women’s National Team. At the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women in Puerto Rico, Sparks guided his national squad to a 2-3 finish and a semi-final appearance, qualifying them for the 2013 FIBA World U-19 World Championship.
An Ottawa native and University of Ottawa graduate in physical education and education, Sparks coached girls and boys championship teams at Ashbury College, Nepean H.S., and Cornwall Collegiate over twenty years, earning the OFSAA Leadership in School Sport Award in 1997. He was also an assistant coach with the national championship winning Carleton Ravens men’s team in 2004-05.
At eleven seasons, Sparks currently sits tied with Wanda Pilon (1986-1997) for longest-serving head coach in team history.