Mike Spradlin, a graduate of David W. Carter High School in 1973, earned his B.S. from the University of Houston in 1977 where he played football for the Cougars. Spradlin was an honorable mention all SWC guard on the first UH team to ever play in the SWC, winning the SWC championship in their inaugural season in 1976.
Spradlin enjoyed success and was the head coach and athletic director at Midland Christian, Navasota and Westwood HS, making playoff appearances and winning district championships at 2 of those stops.
In 2002 Coach Spradlin joined head Coach Art Briles as the offensive line coach for the University of Houston. Coach Briles and his staff were able to turn the program around in their first season, going to a bowl game for the first time in seven years. While at the University of Houston, Spradlin coached several all conference players, some of whom are still playing in the NFL.
In 2006 Spradlin came back to a struggling Abilene Cooper football program as the head football coach. Cooper reached the third round of the playoffs in 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning back to back district championships in 2009 and 2010.
In February 2011, Coach Spradlin became the athletic director and head football coach at tradition rich Temple HS. The Wildcats had only 2 winning seasons in the previous 12 years, and finished 1-9 in 2010. The Wildcats enjoyed success with 5 straight winning seasons and won 27 district games including 17 straight district wins, winning district championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the first time since 1992-1993. The Wildcats were State finalists in 2014, with a 13-2 record, and were State Quarter Finalists in 2015 going 12-2. The 13 wins or more has only happened 4 times in Temple school history.
Coach Spradlin was the Lone Star Gridiron 5A Coach of the Yearin 2015, and has been the district Coach of the Year 8 times in his career. In his tenure Temple won 44 games in 5 years, playing in 12 playoff games over that time.
In February of 2016, Coach Spradlin joined the Magnolia ISD administrative team as the Director of Athletics. The athletic mission is to reinforce the district mission, being “dedicated to be the best athletic program in the state of Texas.” He is a big believer that life is not all about sports, but sports are all about life.
Coach Spradlin has been a life member of the THSCA for 25 years, where he also served on the THSCA board of directors from 2009 to 2012. He is a member of the THSADA, AFCA, NIAAA, and is a certified athletic administrator.
He and his wife Roxanne have three children and 8 grandchildren.