Tennessee Wesleyan University

Tennessee Wesleyan College Athletics
204 E. College Street Athens, TN 37303
NAIA Tennessee Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Luke Winter

Winter begins his third season as the men's soccer head coach in 2019. Winter graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 2012 and received many individual accolades during his playing career: AAC All-Tournament Team, AAC Tournament MVP, AAC All-Conference First Team, Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, AAC Player of the Week, and NAIA All-East Region First Team. In his junior year, he finished the season ranked first in the nation for game-winning goals, third for goals per game, and fifth for total goals. As a team member, Winter was part of the first TWU team to receive its first-ever NAIA national ranking. He was a member of the 2010 AAC Regular Season Championship and 2012 AAC Tournament Championship teams. In 2012, Winter was a leading force in aiding the Bulldogs back to the NAIA National Tournament. Winter believes his highest achievement at Tennessee Wesleyan was receiving the Athletic Director's 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 third place in GSC and 11th nationally in the NCCAA. Following his stint at Shorter, Winter served as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team at Bryan College for three seasons. During his time at Bryan, the team won the AAC regular-season championship in 2015 and qualified for the 2016 NAIA National Tournament.

Winter currently holds his USSF National C License, NSCAA National Diploma, FA Level 1 & 2 along with an FA Learning Disability Coaching Certificate. Winter 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, Winter has been part of the highly successful Chattanooga FC team for the past seven summers. Competing in the NPSL, Winter 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.

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Billy Sparks

Billy Sparks begins his second season as the assistant men’s soccer coach in 2019.

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, Tenn., with his wife Victoria.

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Kevin Cardona

Kevin Cardona is beginning his first year as a graduate assistant for the men's soccer program in 2019.

Raised in Athens, Tenn., Cardona graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 2015 with a double major in Exercise Science and Sports Management. While a student, Cardona played three seasons with the Bulldogs before joining the coaching staff as a student assistant under former head coach Stephen Lyons.

Cardona currently holds a USSF D License. Has worked with local youth programs such as McMinn United Futbol Club and currently also works with Knoxville Futbol Club.

During his youth soccer career, Cardona played with Knoxville Futbol Club winning a state and premier league title. Cardona is a former teammate of current head coach Luke Winter.

Cardona is working towards earning a Master’s in Business Administration.

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