Parker Named MU Basketball Director of Player Dev.

Missouri basketball announced today that Omar Parker is the new Director of Player Development replacing Josh Berger.

Columbia, Mo.- Omar Parker will assume the role of Director of Player Development for the Missouri Basketball program, head coach Quin Snyder announced today. He replaces Josh Berger, who is now the head boy's basketball at Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga.

"Omar has been a great asset to our program and I am confident that he will continue to develop in every capacity in his new role as director of player of development," Snyder said. "Player development is an extremely crucial component of our program and Omar will do a great job of building on what has been established here at Mizzou."

Parker, who served as a volunteer administrative assistant at MU last year, will take the reigns of MU's multi-faceted program that focuses on the areas of performance enhancement and academic, professional and personal development.

"This is a great opportunity for me to work with some of the best student-athletes in the country on a daily basis," Parker said. "I truly appreciate the opportunity that Coach Snyder has given me and I look forward to the upcoming season."

Parker, a native of Mercer Island, WA, came to Mizzou from Boise State University, where he served as an assistant coach for the 2001-2002 season. Prior to coaching at Boise, the 1996 graduate of Brigham Young University-Hawaii was the Director of Basketball Operations for two seasons at Washington State University, as well as an assistant coach at both his high school (Mercer Island High School) alma mater.

Parker also has international basketball experience, as he was a player and coach in the German professional league between 1995 and 1996, and has served as the national director for the Jamaican Basketball Camp since 1996.

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