Christopher Spartz was added to the Ohio State men's basketball program in the summer of 2013. Spartz will oversee recruiting activities in accordance with NCAA, Big Ten, and department compliance. He arranges official visits, host prospects and parents, update recruiting boards and provide daily recruiting updates to the coaching staff. He also will assist in the daily operations of the program, including practice, game day and travel logistics, and organizing camps and clinics.
Spartz was an assistant coach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, a season ago. He joined the St. Ambrose men's basketball coaching staff prior to the 2011-12 season.
A native of Western Springs, Ill., Spartz graduated high school from Nazareth Academy College Prep. He then played four years at St. Ambrose and was a member of an SAU team that reached the NAIA Division II Final Four. During his time at SAU, the Bees won two conference championships, won one conference tournament title and made two NAIA National Tournament appearances.
Spartz was an academic all-conference selection and the recipient of the Fighting Bee Award, an honor given to the student-athlete who best represents the SAU men's basketball program.
Upon graduating with a marketing degree from St. Ambrose in 2007, Spartz sought out the invitation to play professionally and eventually signed with and captained the Washington Generals. While with the Generals, he competed against some of the world's most uniquely skilled basketball talent, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. He toured the world and played in more than 30 countries in front of more than four million people worldwide.
Following his time with the Generals, Spartz returned to St. Ambrose to complete a Master's in Organizational Leadership (May of 2013).