by Alyssa Smith
Since the age of three, basketball has been of interest to Coach Parker.
“My mother enjoyed sports and bought me a little hoop that hung on the kitchen door,” he said. “I would put my underwear on backwards and shoot all day.”
Parker grew up on a mink ranch on Dimple Dell Road and had chores as early as five years old.
“My folks taught me how to work early in life,” he says. “I am still working and I am 70 years old.”
This work ethic has carried Parker through difficult times in his life.
Parker has been going to high school basketball games since he was a young boy, and sports have always been a big part of his life.
Parker currently enjoys coaching the Rockwell boys’ basketball team. He feels fortunate to know the players and their background stories.
“Teaching them to be successful in life is very important to me,” he said. “I try to help them see that failure is not an option.”
Parker has been teaching and coaching at Rockwell for 6 years. He started announcing games as the voice of Rockwell before he began coaching the sophomore boys team four years ago. He looks out for students and is a friend to all.
“I want each student to know they are loved and that everyone has self worth,” he said. “We are all someone.”
Parker also enjoys having friendships with the staff and working with people he cares about.
“Working at Rockwell is an amazing experience,” Parker said. “I get the choice blessing of working with my daughter, Candice, every day.”
Rockwell faculty members appreciate Parker and his dedication to the students, the basketball team, and the school.