The Missouri Monsters have made a coaching change, announcing the hiring of 24-year veteran coach, John Parker as head coach for the 2013 season. Parker has coached at the professional, college, and high school football levels.
Monsters owner Andrew Haines, "I am excited to have John Parker as our
head coach for the upcoming season. He has significant football
experience, a proven track record as a head coach, and community leader.
We wanted the best person both on and off the field to represent the
Howard Balzer, Monsters senior vice president of operations, "John will
bring an unparalleled energy to the job as head coach. Football at any
level is about commitment and passion, and John will instill that in his
to joining the Monsters, Parker held head coaching positions at
Cumberland University (2004 -2006), Cheyney University (1998-2002), and
the University of Minnesota-Morris (1995-1998). In 2008, Parker retired
as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University.
for his ability to build and rebuild programs from the ground up,
Parker snapped a NCAA-record 29-game losing streak in his first season
at Minnesota-Morris. He did it again in his first season at Cheyney,
snapping a NCAA-record 52-game winless drought, which included a 39-game
losing streak.. With over 24 years of experience, Parker has held
numerous assistant positions with the National Indoor Football League's
Show-Believers, Washington and Lee University, East Tennessee State
University, The University of Nebraska-Omaha, Michigan Tech University,
MacMurry University, and started his college coaching career locally at
Washington University in St. Louis, under the tutelage of current head
coach Larry Kindbom.
has also served in the NFL, and has twice interned as a coach with the
Philadelphia Eagles under former head coach Ray Rhodes and with the
Tampa Buccaneers under former head coach Tony Dungy. He has tutored some
top NFL players such as Donnie Abraham (second-round draft choice,
11-year veteran with Tampa Bay, New York Jets), and Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie (first-round draft choice, Arizona Cardinals,
currently with the Philadelphia Eagles).
has held additional service positions, and sits on the Board of
Directors of several local organizations such as Athletes &
Entertainers Circle of Influence, The Adoption Exchange, AHA Unlimited,
and The Viral Cancer Research Foundation. He is a member of Big Brothers
Big Sisters, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the United Way.
He is a member of the African American Leadership Society, and the
former vice president of The Black Coaches and Administrators
Association. He is a 25-year member of The American Football Coaches
Association. He has received numerous awards in his career including
being named by American Football Monthly Magazine as one of the top
coaches in the country.
played college football at Ball State University and earned his
Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri Valley College, and a Masters
of Science from the United States Sports Academy. He is the father of
two children; daughter, Andrea 14, and son, Jordan 12.