Coach & Elite Athlete
Parker is one of the premier multisport coaches in the county with a strong resume of success. He is a 2012 alumni of Liberty University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. While in college he was a middle distance runner on the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Team and was also the captain of Liberty’s nationally ranked triathlon team. He is a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, a certified Level 2 Triathlon Coach through USA Triathlon, a certified level 3 Cycling Coach through USA Cycling and a certified level 5 swim coach through the American Swimming Coaches Association. He has coached amateur athletes to their professional status. He has trained multiple runners to Boston marathon training times, coached several high school state championship runners and collegiate conference championship runners. He also coached an athlete that came to him new in the sport to the overall winner of the 2015 USAT Olympic Distance National Championship and 2015 ITU Standard Distance World Championship. That athlete was also named the 2015 USAT Athlete of the Year and USAT Military Athlete of the Year. Parker is also the head triathlon, cycling and men's swimming & diving coach at Liberty University where he leads one of the countries most impressive multisport programs. In addition to endurance coaching, Parker specializes in run gait analysis, VO2/Lactate Threshold Testing, multisport specific strength training, and race management. Parker is an accomplished triathlete himself, having represented Team USA every year since 2012 in the ITU Age Group World Championships. He also earned his professional duathlon liscense in 2016.
Parker values his relationship with Jesus Christ above everything else. He knows that God has given him the ability to compete and train for triathlons to worship Him and impact the world for Him. Parker's favorite Bible verses are 1 Corinthians 9:25 and 26:
"All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step."
This reminds him that the lifestyle of a triathlete is only worth it if it has an eternal purpose. All the hours of training and money spent is only worth it if the purpose is bigger than the sport of triathlon, its purpose is to see others begin and grown in a relationship with Jesus Christ.