Micah Parker Ph.D.
Position: Director of Athletics

The 2014-15 campaign marks Dr. Micah Parker's sixth year as the Director of Athletics at California Baptist University.

During his first five years at the helm, the Lancers had an unprecedented run of success. After making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II, the Lancers competed in their first year eligible for NCAA Division II playoffs in 2013-14 and had 12 of 19 NCAA programs qualify for postseason. CBU also saw its first NCAA Division II champion in swimming’s Mary Hanson, after she set a new division and school record of 52.45 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke.

Over the past five years, CBU has won 18 championships, accounting for nearly 43-percent of all conference championships in program history (42). 

In the 2013-14 season alone, four teams claimed conference titles with men’s basketball, men’s cross country and softball taking the PacWest championships, while women’s swim took home the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title. The Lancers went on to grab their second PacWest Commissioner’s Cup in only their third year in the conference.

With the success of the teams, a whopping 158 student-athletes were named to their respective sports all-conference lists, with 19 picking up All-West Region recognition and 17 being named All-American. Furthermore, CBU earned 10 Player of the Year, five Freshman of the Year, and three Coach of the Year awards.

At home, the Lancers dominated their opponents and boasted a 133-33 overall record, winning .799 percent of all home competitions. CBU went on to finish in the Top 26 of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final rankings. Out of 311 Division II institutions, 246 registered a point to figure into the final rankings, with CBU taking the No. 26 spot.

Not only a force in competitions, CBU continues to excel in the classroom with an overall department average of a 3.0 GPA or better for eight-straight semesters. In the 2013-14 season, a total of 181 athletes were named to the conference scholar teams, with a conference-high 150 Lancers landing a spot on the PacWest All-Academic list. 

Prior to the transition to NCAA Division II, under Parker, CBU won four NAIA National Championships, nine NCCAA National Championships, 10 Pacific West Conference Championships and won both the PacWest Commissioner's Cup and the NCCAA Presidential Award—given to the most successful athletic program in the respective associations. And if that weren't enough, Sports Spectrum, a full-color Christian sports magazine, named CBU the top Christian collegiate athletic program in the nation in 2011.

Parker spearheaded the institution's move into the NCAA Division II membership process. In July 2010, Parker was notified that CBU's application into the membership process had been accepted by the Division II Membership Committee, successfully completing a yearlong application process. Then, in July 2012, the Lancers were notified they were being moved into their provisional year after successfully completing Candidacy Years 1 and 2. The Lancers began play in the PacWest Conference in 2011-12 and were immediately eligible for conference championships.

What the Lancers did in the final two years of transition was nothing short of remarkable as they won a PacWest record 10 conference championships over the two season span. CBU won the PacWest Commissioner's Cup in 2012 and finished second in 2013. In addition, CBU won nine NCCAA National Championships, enough to capture the NCCAA Presidential Award, given to the top athletic program in the nation.

CBU also had an unprecedented 238 student-athletes named to the PacWest Academic All-Conference Teams. Since his arrival, CBU student-athletes have also maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA as a department.

Parker has hired 16 new staff positions during his tenure, including the program's first-ever strength and conditioning coaches and associate athletic director for marketing. He also added two full-time compliance staff members, along with a full-time facilities assistant.

He has overseen several facility improvement projects, including the addition of lights at the John C. Funk Softball Stadium, the Lancer Aquatic Center and Totman Baseball Stadium, brand new team rooms for men's and women's soccer and men's and women's volleyball, a state of the art putting facility for golf, a complete remodel of the Van Dyne Gym locker rooms as well as the baseball and softball locker rooms and the addition of a new scoreboard at the Lancer Aquatic Center. Upgrades to seating at the Lancers' soccer field will be completed prior to the start of the 2014-15 season.

In 2010-11, his second year in charge and CBU's last in the NAIA, the Lancers won three national championships--women's swimming and diving, men's volleyball and women's golf. Two other teams--baseball and softball--won GSAC titles, and the Lancers finished sixth in the Director's Cup and second in the race for the GSAC All-Sports Award.

In his first year in 2009-10, 16 of the Lancers' 20 teams reached their respective postseason competitions, while 12 of those 16 played in their national tournaments and eight of them finished in the top eight. Men's volleyball won its seventh NAIA National Invitational Tournament title in the past 12 years and both baseball and softball won conference titles. As a result, CBU finished in seventh place in the Learfield Sports-NAIA Director's Cup, its third straight top 10 finish.

Parker's first major accomplishment was the establishment of the Lancer Athletic Association (LAA), the fundraising arm of the department. Through his work with the LAA, he was instrumental in bringing back the Lancer Golf Classic as well as creating and implementing the annual Senior Banquet honoring the graduating seniors each year. He also established the CBU Athletic Fundraising Board, which has helped raise over $1.6 million for CBU Athletics.

Parker returned to the athletic arena after a 17-month hiatus during which time he served as the headmaster at the prestigious Lutheran South Academy in Houston, Texas. Prior to his time at Lutheran South Academy, Parker spent more than 17 years as a collegiate coach.

Most recently, Parker was the top assistant women’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, from 2003-2007. He served as the program’s recruiting coordinator in his last year after being in charge of player development and serving as camp director his first three years. He helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship and a subsequent NCAA Tournament berth as well as a pair of WNIT Tournament appearances.

A 1991 graduate of NAIA-member Concordia University in Seward, Neb., Parker spent eight seasons as an assistant men’s basketball coach at his alma mater immediately after graduation. During that time, Concordia went 178-75, won three conference titles and made six straight NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances, including a Final Four appearance in 1992.

In 1998, Parker moved to the women’s side when he was named head coach of the women’s program at Concordia. After a 14-14 campaign in his first season, Parker led the Bulldogs 66 wins and into the national rankings during the next three seasons. In his final season of 2002, Concordia was 28-6, ranked as high as No. 6 and advanced to the NAIA Sweet 16. The next season, Parker served as the director of operations for the University of Nebraska women’s basketball program.

During his four years at Concordia, Parker’s teams led the NAIA in team GPA three consecutive seasons with a 3.73 and twice led all collegiate levels, according to the WBCA.

Parker is also a Christian motivational speaker, speaking at national youth gatherings, faith-based businesses, school assemblies, church events and banquets and Fellowship of Christian Athletes groups. He also served as an assistant professor during his time at Concordia.

Parker earned his master’s in education from the University of Nebraska in 1994 and then later earned his doctorate of philosophy with an emphasis in educational leadership from Nebraska in 1999. Parker and his wife, Amy, have three children.

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