Mark Spader has been named the Head Coach of the Bowling Green High School Football Team. Principal William King made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Spader, the Defensive Coordinator for Purples Football, takes over the program following Kevin Wallace’s resignation last month.
Coach Mark Spader is approaching his 27th season of high school football and 18th at Bowling Green High School. His coaching career began in 1991 at Bowling Green High under former Head Coach Dan Haley. In 1994, he moved to Warren East High where he was the defensive coordinator under Randy Reese before serving as Head Coach for the 1998 through 2001 seasons. Coach Spader then joined Coach Rick Wood at Warren Central for the 2002 and 2003 seasons, before finally returning to Bowling Green High to join Coach Kevin Wallace and the Purples in 2004.
Principal Will King says, “I believe Mark Spader has the knowledge and work ethic to continue the tradition of excellence in Purples Football. He has and will continue to develop the student athletes, young men of BGHS to maintain one of the elite programs in the state, competing for state championships.”
A native of Hopkinsville, Spader attended the University of Kentucky from August 1985 thru May 1987 before transferring to Western Kentucky University in August 1987. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in December 1989 before completing the Business Education Certification Program in December 1991, including student teaching at Bowling Green High School.
Since 2004, Spader has held various responsibilities at Bowling Green High School including overseeing the Alternative Learning Center from 2004-2007, leading the secondary GED program from 2007-2009, supervising credit recovery from 2009-2016, serving as Building Assessment Coordinator (2015-2017) and most recently working as both a business teacher and school athletic director.
Coach Spader and his wife Amy have been married for 23 years and have three sons: BGHS Alumni and UK Sophomores, Jeffrey & Andrew and BGHS Sophomore Evan who plays both football & baseball for the Purples.