Sparky's Total Athlete Factory
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Sparky McEwen, President & Owner

Throughout his career, Charles “Sparky” McEwen, has been known within the football community as a leader who can be called in to launch new programs, rebuild teams who are struggling on and/or off the field and win championships. He has shown himself to be a proven winner and strives for excellence and professionalism from all of those associated with his football programs.      

A product of Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, McEwen attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan from 1986 until 1990, where he currently is employed as an assistant coach/alumni liason. He was a true athlete playing quarterback, receiver, cornerback, free safety and kick returner.

McEwen Profile - A Life of Football:
Professional Experience: 13 years
College Experience: 7 years
High School Experience: 11 years

CHAMPIONSHIP BACKGROUND

McEwen has won championships with both his high school and professional teams.  He debuted his coaching skills at his high school alma mater (Creston High School in Grand Rapids, MI) in 1996 and won three City League titles from 2000 to 2002.  In 1999, he led the Polar Bears to the team’s first winning season since 1978 as well as the school’s first appearance in the state championship game. Under McEwen’s guidance, Creston garnered winning seasons and made the state playoffs in McEwen’s last five years with the team.  From the high school level, McEwen made the jump to professional football as part of the coaching staff of the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League.  In 2001, McEwen was promoted to offensive coordinator and helped guide the Rampage to their ArenaBowl XV World Championship.  As a both a head coach and coordinator, McEwen has experienced numerous playoff and championship successes.

PROGRAM REBUILDER

A strength of McEwen’s is the fact he is known to come in to programs that are struggling on the field and rebuild them into competitive championship caliber squads.  His history of rebuilding began when he accepted the head coaching position at Creston High School which at the time was one of the worst in the state of Michigan.  Winning league titles and playoff games, the Polar Bears became a force to be reckoned with in Michigan high school football and garnered national attention.

McEwen accepted his first professional head coaching position with the Grand Rapids Rampage of the AFL.  At the time, the Rampage were one of the worst teams statistically in the League.  While working with the Rampage, the team improved dramatically in nearly every offensive category and set multiple AFL records in the process.  The team also became highly involved in the community.  In 2008, McEwen was asked to come in midseason after a coaching change to take over as Head Coach and President of Football Operations of the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of arenafootball2.  McEwen and his staff dramatically turned things around and he was given a two year contract extension.  Under McEwen’s direction, the Yard Dawgz were playoff contenders every season.

TALENT DEVELOPER

Another of McEwen's strengths is his ability to develop talent and provide his players an opportunity to play at the next level whether that is the collegiate or professional level.  While with Creston High School, McEwen was instrumental in helping many student-athletes receive collegiate scholarships.  During his tenure in the Arena Football League, he was instrumental in getting many players tryouts with the National Football League (NFL) as well as the Canadian Football League (CFL).  Since his start in coaching, McEwen has always held youth football camps not only to teach football fundamentals but also to teach teamwork and good citizenship skills as well as to give back to the community.  McEwen has also been a part of several coaching clinics to develop young coaches whether they are involved in youth, high school, collegiate or professional football.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

McEwen has been a pilar in the West Michigan community for over two decades.  He is well known and well respected throughout the state and has played vital roles in fundraisers, youth programs and community awareness initiatives within schools and organizations.  He is well aware of the importance of not only his community involvement but also of the importance of his players, fellow coaches and his entire football family giving back to the communities in which they work and live.   He is a favorite speaker at local civic organizations, schools, media events, university classes and special events. While guiding the Rampage, McEwen played a big Role while working with the organization of the Boy Scouts of America. McEwen was awarded the prestigious Giants" Trail Blazer" Award in Grand Rapids Michigan for his civic efforts in 2009.













Sparky's Total Athlete Factory is in the process of securing an indoor facility that would house up to 11 different sports programs.

 

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