Jim Sparks in Novi Wildcats hoodie on football field.
George Sipple


Jim Sparks in Novi Wildcats hoodie on football field.

Novi High is proud to announce Jim Sparks as the new head coach of the varsity football team.

“We could not be more excited and pleased to have Coach Jim Sparks as our newest member of the Wildcat family,” said “Athletic Director Brian Gordon. “Coach Sparks brings an enormous amount of experience and knowledge in not only the game of football, but also as an educator for the past 20 years.

“Jim will continue Novi’s rich tradition in football by becoming only the fifth head football coach since 1967. Jim truly understands what educational athletics can do for student-athletes, a school and the entire community.  He will continue to honor our traditions and our core values.”

Sparks graduated from Clawson High and has been coaching there since 1993. He served as Clawson’s varsity football coach from 2002-2020. His teams advanced to the playoffs 11 times and he compiled a 99-82 record.

Sparks served as Vice President of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association from 2018-2020. He was also a regional director with the organization from 2004-2018 and served six years as All-Star Committee Chair. He was the East All-Star Coach of the MHSFCA All-Star Game in 2010.

“This is an opportunity that I’m extremely excited about,” Sparks said of becoming the Novi varsity football coach. “When Mr. Gordon called and explained the high-quality staff and students here at Novi and the state of the program that Coach Burnside has left behind, it was something that I could just not pass up.”

John Osborne, a Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame inductee, coached the Wildcats for 33 years. The Wildcats were coached by Tab Kellepourey from 2000-2009, Todd Pennycuff from 2010-2012 and by Jeff Burnside from 2013-2020. Burnside stepped down in December after leading the Wildcats to a 41-27 playoff win over Brighton and a 3-5 record.

Sparks was honored four times as the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division Coach of the Year (2009, 2014-2015, 2019). He was selected the Daily Tribune All Area Coach of the Year in 2002. He was a Detroit Lions Coach of the Week in 2014.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and a Sports Administration Master of Arts from Wayne State University.

Jim and his wife Karen have been married for 27 years and live in Wolverine Lake. They have two children, son Ty (24) and daughter Madelyn (21). 








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Novi DECA had a record 143 District finalists qualify for the state competition. 

Below are the numbers overall and by category.  


143 DECA District Finalists (school record)

111 Role Play Medal Winners

71 Test Medal Winners


Team Decision Making Events: 

62 DECA District Finalists 

50 Role Play Medal Winners

29 Test Medal Winners

Individual Events:

59 DECA District Finalists 

44 Role Play Medal Winners

29 Test Medal Winners

Principle Events:

19 DECA District Finalists 

14 Role Play Medal Winners

9 Test Medal Winners

Professional Selling and Consulting Events:

3 DECA District Finalists

3 Role Play Medal Winners

4 Test Medal Winners

DECA is a high energy organization designed to prepare students to be college and career ready upon graduation.  DECA has more than 225,000 members in 5,000 high school chapters from all 50 states and from nine countries.  Students gain experience through interactive classroom activities and by attending DECA Conferences throughout the school year.


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Congratulations to Novi High teacher Erin Harbar for being selected as a Southeast Michigan Region Scholastic Inspiring Educator. 

Scholastic awards competition students were asked to nominate a teacher who went above and beyond to help, mentor and inspire.

"Erin is a humble, diligent, extremely talented educator who pours her heart and soul into her students and her craft," said Novi High Principal Nicole Carter. "Her thoughtful, detailed-oriented, carefully designed lessons ignite a curiosity and passion for the arts."


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On Saturday, December 19th, Novi High School competed virtually in the Region 19 HOSA Leadership Conference. Novi HOSA were competing with other HOSA groups from across the state in 46 different events.

Students who placed top 10 in their event qualify to compete at the State Leadership Conference tentatively scheduled in Traverse City this spring.

Novi HOSA is again the largest chapter in the state with 412 members. These members exceeded expectations at the Region 19 Leadership Conference, with 361 students placing top 10 and qualifying for the State Conference. Additionally, 36 students earned 1st place in their event, 35 earned 2nd place, and 39 earned 3rd place.  For a complete list of student names see the linked Region 19 Virtual Conference Results.  



Number of Competitors



State Qualifiers (Top 10 Finalists)


Top 3


1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Health Science Finalists (Top 10)


Health Professions Finalists (Top 10)


Emergency Preparedness Finalists (Top 10)


Leadership Finalists (Top 10)


Teamwork Finalists (Top 10)



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