After helping begin the athletics program in 2010, Chris Parker begins his 12th year at ASU Mid-South after a 16-5 shortened season in 2020-21 which ended in the Region 2 Championship game and the program's fourth year in a row ranked in the top 20 of the NJCAA National Poll. Prior to that, Parker led the Greyhounds to their fourth consecutive Region 2 Championship, and fifth overall, in 2019-20. The Greyhounds finished with a 25-8 record and placed three players on the All-Region First and Second Teams as Parker was named the Region 2 Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
Posting a best-ever 29-6 record in 2017-18 on the way to several program bests including a Region 2 title and the first District XIII Championship in program history, Parker led the Greyhounds to the program's first-ever trip to the NJCAA National Tournament, where the Greyhounds went 3-1 and finished in 5th Place. In addition to serving as Head Men's Basketball Coach, Parker leads ASU Mid-South as Athletic Director and Lead Instructor of the Health and Physical Education department. The Greyhounds finished the 2019-20 season with their seventh winning season in a row while combining for 146 wins in that span, an average of over 20 wins per season. But in perhaps the greatest statistic of all, the men's basketball program has seen 35 players move on to four-year colleges in the last nine seasons.
As Athletic Director, Parker oversaw the Greyhounds’ move in October, 2013, into the Glen F. Fenter Athletic Complex which features perhaps the most unique floor in the region: a custom-designed court with parquet flooring reminiscent of the old Boston Garden, all chair-back seating, luxurious locker rooms, athletic training room, classrooms and coaches offices. In another big move, he is responsible for the creation, development and maintenance of the athletic department's web site, ASUmidsouthsports.com, and manages the department's social media presence. Parker also helped establish department infrastructure and a student-athlete preparatory program that includes mandatory study halls, free tutoring, character development sessions and team service projects. He developed ASU Mid-South’s first student-athlete handbook, and his efforts have helped both programs maintain a perfect 100% retention rate from fall to spring semesters over the last four seasons. And to help supplement the program's growing needs, the Greyhound Booster Club, known as "The Dog Pack", was established along with a corporate sponsorship program that has greatly enhanced the department's visability and support within the region.
In addition, Parker serves as NJCAA Region 2 Women’s Director which includes two-year colleges in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and on the national stage has served on several committees including the NJCAA Student-Athlete Academic Success Council, the NJCAA Division I Softball Committee, the NJCAA Tennis Committee and the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball Committee.
Prior to ASU Mid-South, Parker coached 13 years at the collegiate level at Arkansas Tech University, Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University, Jackson State University and Lubbock Christian University, serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his last three stops. Parker was a part of five conference championship teams during this time and appeared in four national tournaments, six conference tournament championship games and has coached over 20 student-athletes who went on to play professionally, including three former Greyhounds, and two others played in the NBA. He has also coached two players who have led the nation in scoring as well as a national rebounding champion. He has worked for two former Nolan Richardson assistants in Andy Stoglin (Jackson State University) and Ron Cottrell (Houston Baptist University) and coaches an uptempo brand of basketball. At HBU, Parker helped the Huskies lead the nation in scoring twice, including one season averaging over 100 points per game.
Parker has also logged six seasons as a high school head coach, including five exceptional years at Central Arkansas Christian (CAC) in North Little Rock where he earned conference Coach of the Year honors three times while leading the Mustangs to three conference titles and two second-place finishes. Before Parker’s arrival, the school had not won a conference title in a decade, had not had a winning season in five years, and had been to the state tournament only twice in the school’s history. During his tenure, the Mustangs qualified for postseason play all five years, appeared in the state tournament quarterfinals four times and earned a Final Four berth that capped the best season in school history.
As Sports Information Director, Parker designed, built and maintained the school's first-ever athletics web site that featured interactive content, images, video, and all team information for every sport in 7th-12th grades. He also created and directed the first Media Day for fall, winter and spring sports and researched and compiled the school's sports history. In addition, Parker reported and wrote stories for every varsity contest of every sport, served as the public address announcer at home football games, and served as assistant coach for a program that won the school's first and only softball state title.
The Friendswood, Texas, native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Video with a minor in Business from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. In high school, Parker graduated from Bay Area Christian in League City and was named Athlete of the Year as the school's only five-sport letterman, earning All-State honors in football and All-Conference honors in football, basketball, baseball, and track while also lettering in golf. He is married to the former Brooke Hejl, and the couple has three children and one grandchild: son Hunter, married to wife Courtney, and grandson, Charlie; daughter Kayla, a student at Texas A&M University; and daughter Amberlyn, a student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
PARKER BY THE YEAR:
|2011-12||7||19||.269||NJCAA Division 3|
|2012-13||14||16||.467||NJCAA Division 2|
|2013-14||14||12||.538||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Champions; District Runner-Up|
|2014-15||18||10||.643||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Runners-Up|
|2015-16||18||11||.621||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Runners-Up|
|2016-17||20||10||.667||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Champions; District Runner-Up|
|2017-18||29||6||.829||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Champions; District XIII Champions; NJCAA National Tournament - 5th Place|
|2018-19||22||9||.710||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Champions; District Runner-Up|
|2019-20||25||8||.758||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Champions; District Runner-Up|
|2020-21*||16||5||.762||NJCAA Division 2; Region 2 Runners-Up|
*Shortened season due to COVID