After helping begin the athletic program in 2010, Chris Parker is in his eighth season at ASU Mid-South, winning a school-record 20 games last season on the way to the program's second NJCAA Region 2 Championship in the last four years. In addition to serving as Head Men's Basketball Coach, Parker also leads ASU Mid-South as Athletic Director and Lead Instructor of the Health and Physical Education department and was recently named NJCAA Women’s Assistant Region Director of Region 2 which includes two-year colleges in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The Greyhounds have improved every year of the program and finished the 2016-17 season with a school-best 20-10 record, capping their fourth winning season in a row. ASU Mid-South has combined for 70 wins in the last four seasons while winning two NJCAA Region 2 Championships. In addition, the Greyhounds have finished in the top ten in the nation in attendance each year in their home gym affectionately known as “The Dog House.”
In perhaps the greatest statistic of all, the men's basketball program has seen 17 players move on to four-year colleges in the last four seasons. Last season saw Chris Smith move on to play at NCAA Division I University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In 2015-16, all five sophomores and one freshman signed with two players signing NCAA Division I scholarships. This follows the 2014-15 season when all five sophomores and one freshman signed, and the 2013-14 season when four sophomores signed to play at four-year schools.
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 an outstanding 97% retention rate from fall to spring semesters over the last three 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.
Prior to ASU Mid-South, Parker coached 13 years at the college level at Arkansas Tech University, Houston Baptist University, Texas Southern University, Jackson State University and Lubbock Christian University, serving as the top 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 two 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 and leading the conference in scoring three of his five seasons. 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, track and golf. He is married to the former Brooke Hejl, and they have three children: Hunter (23), Kayla (18) and Amberlyn (15). Hunter and his wife Courtney reside in Memphis, while Kayla and Amberlyn are in high school.