Luke Fickell is doing a great job at getting good coaches around him as he added Gerad Parker to be his running backs coach on Monday. Parker was the interim head coach at Purdue during the latter half of the season last year. This is another good move for this program, as you can tell by the recent jump in recruiting everybody is excited.
University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Luke Fickell added running backs coach Gerad Parker to his 2017 staff Monday.
Parker joins offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Denbrock, offensive line coach Ron Crook, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Doug Phillips, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, safeties coach Jon Tenuta, defensive line coach Al Washington and director of football sports performance Brady Collins on Fickell’s inaugural staff.
“I’m happy to welcome Gerad, his wife Kandi and their three daughters to our program,” Fickell said. “He’s another great family man and coach and I’m excited to see him get to work with our running backs this spring. We have put together a staff with some great recruiters and football minds. I am proud they have all taken a leap of faith to come to Cincinnati.”
Parker joins the Bearcats after four seasons at Purdue, most recently as the interim head coach for the latter half of the 2016 season. He was hired in West Lafayette on Feb. 11, 2013, and spent his first two seasons as tight ends coach before becoming wide receivers coach in 2015. He also has served as the Boilermakers’ recruiting coordinator.
Parker mentored standout receiver DeAngelo Yancey during his time as wide receivers coach. Yancey earned the Boilermakers offensive MVP award after earning second team All-Big Ten honors, posting a career-high 49 receptions for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016, his yardage and touchdowns totals were second among all Big Ten receivers in the regular season. He wrapped up his four-year collegiate career ranking among the top receivers in Purdue history, finishing seventh in both receiving yards (2,344) and receiving touchdowns (20) and 16th in receptions (141).
Parker previously worked at Marshall and spent two years as wide receivers coach. In 2012, Marshall led all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in passing offense with an average of 365.1 yards per game. Prior to Marshall, Parker spent three seasons at UT-Martin as the Skyhawks' passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, wide receivers and running backs coach. He spent the 2007 season as a graduate assistant at Kentucky, his alma mater.
Additional coaching and staff appointments will be announced as they are finalized.