J.D. Parker enters his seventh season as the head men’s basketball coach at Blue Mountain College. Coach Parker came to Blue Mountain from Ecclesia College in Arkansas, where he started the Men’s Basketball Program in 2006.
While at Ecclesia, Parker served as the head men’s basketball coach, assistant athletic director, and taught in the Sports Management Department. The Royals’ competed as a member of the Central Region in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division One and showed steady improvement under Parker’s guidance.
Parker’s 2009 squad finished with an overall record of 23-11 and earned its first trip to the NCCAA DI National Tournament in Oakland City, Ind., where it finished seventh in the nation.
Before starting the program at Ecclesia College, Parker assisted the oys team at Shiloh Christian High School in the 2005-2006 season while finishing his master’s degree at the University of Arkansas in Recreation and Sports Management. During that season, Shiloh’s boys were conference champions, district tournament champions, regional tournament champions, and state tournament quarterfinalists.
Prior to Parker’s time at Shiloh Christian, he coached AAU basketball and ran a basketball training school at the All-Star Sports Arena in Springdale, Ark. During that time, Parker helped coach a 17U Arkansas Wings team to the AAU Division I State Championship. Parker also taught elementary physical education at Harvey Jones Elementary School in Springdale for two years.
As a player, Parker was an All-State guard for Batesville High School (Batesville, Ark). After his senior year of high school, Parker was a point guard for the Arkansas Wings’ Junior Olympics team that reached the quarterfinals. Parker played point guard for four years at Lyon College, an NAIA school in Batesville, Ark. where he was also an Academic All-American. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Coaching Endorsement while at Lyon College.
Parker and his wife, Rebecca, have two daughters, Halle (8) and Cate (6) and two sons, Ty (4) and Isaac (2).