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Spanky McFarland has been a longtime college coach.

McFarland played baseball and football at Hillsdale College. He was in training camp with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 1976. Spanky was an assistant at Hillsdale College (1977). He was head coach at Kellogg Community College in 1979-1980, going 33-13. He was then an assistant at Appalachian State University (1981), Florida State University (1982), Georgia Tech (1983-1985) and the University of South Florida (1986-1990). He coached Kevin Brown and Dave Eiland while an assistant.

Spanky was at Northern Illinois University as head coach from 1991-1997, restarting a program that had been discontinued in 1982. He led the team to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference title in 1996 and has won 143 games while there.

McFarland became head coach at James Madison University in 1998. In 2002, JMU set a school record for wins at 44-16 and McFarland was named Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year. In 2008, James Madison won the CAA Tournament for the first time and Spanky reached 500 career coaching wins. Through 11 seasons at JMU, McFarland is 343-283-2.

McFarland ran a coaching clinic for the Austrian Baseball Federation in 2007. He is the author of Developing Pitchers and Coaching Pitchers. He is also a deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

Source: JMU bio

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