Sparky Stalcup

Sparky Stalcup (1910-1972)

Teams coached: Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, Missouri Tigers
Northwest Missouri State record^: 138-57 (.708)
Missouri record: 194-179 (.520)
Overall record^: 332-236 (.585)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • MIAA (Div II) Regular Season Champion: (1940)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1946-1962 Missouri
1933-1943 Northwest Missouri State

Sparky Stalcup Facts

  • Wilbur Neil Stalcup
  • Born February 13, 1910
  • Died April 21, 1972
  • Hometown: Oregon, Missouri
  • Alma Mater: Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College (BA, 1932)
  • Won a Missouri state HS championship in 1928 playing basketball for Oregon HS (MO)
  • Played at Northwest Missouri State for Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba; was part of two MIAA championship teams
  • Succeeded Iba as the head coach at his alma mater starting in 1933, leading the Bearcats for ten seasons
    • Was 138-57 overall, finishing above .500 in every season at the helm
    • His 1939-40 team went 20-1 and won the MIAA title
  • Became the head coach at Missouri in 1946 and coached the Tigers for 16 seasons
    • Compiled a 194-179 record overall as the Tigers competed in the Big Six/Seven/Eight
    • During the 1961-62 season, Stalcup was also the President of the NABC
  • After coaching, Stalcup worked as a radio broadcaster for Missouri basketball games
    • Later became the athletic director at Mizzou, serving in that role for one year 1971-72
    • Passed away in April 1972 at the age of 62
  • Inducted into the Missouri Sports HOF (1979), Northwest Missouri State Sports HOF (1982) and Missouri HOF (1994)

Sparky Stalcup Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels