Sparks, who played college football at Washington State University, went 11-8 in his two seasons. In his first year at the helm, Garfield put together its first winning season since at least 1997.

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Derek Sparks has resigned from his position as football coach at Garfield High School after two seasons, athletic director Ed Haskins said Monday.

Sparks, who played college football at Washington State University, went 11-8 in his two seasons. In his first year at the helm, Garfield put together its first winning season since at least 1997.

He took the Bulldogs to the state playoffs last season for the first time since 1979.

“He resigned (a couple of weeks ago),” Haskins said. “We talked a little bit and it just seemed like he wanted to move on. He probably had two of our best win-loss record seasons and I think a lot of things contributed to that. Hopefully we can go another step.”

The school is taking applications for Sparks’ replacement.

Sparks, who was Garfield’s fifth head coach in six years, did not return a message seeking comment but, in an email Monday, parents associated with a Garfield booster club expressed anger at the administration because he was no longer with the program.

“Parents, players and supporters are upset at how principal (Ted) Howard and Haskins handled Sparks’ exit,” the two-page email read. “The Booster club president met with Principal Howard to express his concerns of why Sparks was forced out when he was in the middle of laying the foundation to what most would say was the great start to a winning program.”