Culver takes on challenge of Sparkman footballPublished 9:30am Monday, January 20, 2014
HARVEST- Bo Culver’s rise to the top of the high school coaching ranks has been meteoric. He was named the new head coach at Sparkman last week at an age most coaches are still looking for their first job. He turns 30 later this year.
Culver graduated from HattonHigh School in 2002 where he played linebacker. He went to UNA where he got a degree in education while working as a graduate assistant at Shoals Christian.
He has faced plenty of adversity in his five years as a football coach. In 2011 he was head coach at Phil Campbell when a Category 5 tornado roared through the edge of town destroying the high school and football stadium.
Culver kept the team together and they played their home games at nearby Phillips High in Bear Creek in 2011. He left to join the staff of Coach Jamey DuBose at Florence High in 2012 where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons.
At Sparkman, Culver will face a different type of challenge. Sparkman has not had a winning season since 2006, which was the last year they beat their biggest rival Bob Jones. The Senators are coming off consecutive 1-9 seasons.
“Obviously the area, it’s a great area here,” Culver said of what drew him to Sparkman.
“The numbers are here (to win) but for whatever reason it hasn’t worked out for them in recent years in football. They have had success in all other sports so my goal is to get the football program competing at a high level. When you’ve got a school of 1,800 kids I believe there are a few athletes out there who don’t play that could play and help us out.”
Culver’s Florence teams have faced Sparkman the last two seasons and he has seen a lot of ability in those teams.
“I believe the talent is here to be successful. What does success look like for us next year? We will judge that when we get there but I’m excited to be a Sparkman Senator and blessed to have this opportunity looking forward to it.”
“We will build men of integrity from top to bottom. When you achieve that and have men of character wins take care of themselves.”
Culver is already on the job having assumed a teaching position at the school. He will oversee the offseason program and take the team through spring drills in May.
“We are going to be committed to outworking and out preparing our opponent every day. I told the kids today we are going to win one rep at a time one play at a time and once you stack those together you’re winning.”
As for his coaching staff, Culver said he and school administrators are talking about whether he can bring in some assistants.
“I will surround myself with positive, hard-working coaches that will have a common vision. If it is bringing people in or working with guys that are here now, my goal is to surround myself with winners who have a common goal.”