|Date of birth:April 28, 1968|
|College: Ferris State|
|Undrafted in 1991|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
| As player:|
* Grand Rapids Rampage (1998)
| As coach:|
* Creston Polar Bears (1996–2003) (HC)
|Career highlights and awards|
|* ArenaBowl champion (XV)|
|Comp. / Att.||34 / 62|
|Stats at ArenaFan.com|
Charles "Sparky" McEwen (born April 28, 1968) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Davenport University. McEwen played professionally as a quarterback for one season with the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Ferris State University and attended Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was also head coach of the Grand Rapids Rampage and Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz.
McEwen played for the Ferris State Bulldogs from 1987 to 1990. He was redshirted in 1987. He played quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1988 to 1989. McEwen recorded 2,183 career yards and 17 touchdowns on 155 of 297 pass attempts. He converted to wide receiver in 1990, recording 18 receptions for 259 yards and one touchdown.
McEwen was head coach of the Creston High School Polar Bears of Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1996 to 2003. The Polar Bears won three City League titles from 2000 to 2002. In 1999, he helped 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.
McEwen first served as an offensive assistant and scout for the Grand Rapids Rampage in 2000. McEwen was later offensive coordinator for the Rampage from 2001 to 2003. He was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the af2 in 2004. He was head coach and director of football operations for the Grand Rapids Rampage from 2005 to 2007. The Rampage attained a record of 13–35 during his tenure. McEwen was head coach of the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz from 2008 to 2010. The Yard Dawgz were promoted to the AFL in 2010 and finished the season with a 6–10 record.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Davenport Panthers (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2017–present)|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Sparky's Total Athlete Factory". sparkystotalathletefactory.com. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141231011536/http://www.sparkystotalathletefactory.com/Facility___Staff.html. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Sparky McEwen Returns To Bulldog Football". ferrisstatebulldogs.com. April 12, 2012. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141231003743/http://www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/fball/2011-12/releases/20120412ixc3e2. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- ↑ "Charles 'Sparky' McEwen". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/Sparky_McEwen-1050/. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Sparky McEwen". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/history/?page=coaches&coach=75. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- ↑ Wallner, Peter J. (February 15, 2017). "Source: Ferris State's Sparky McEwen to be next Davenport football coach". mlive.com. Archived from the original on February 15, 2017. https://archive.today/20170215195742/http://www.mlive.com/smallcolleges/grandrapids/index.ssf/2017/02/source_ferris_states_sparky_mc.html. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
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