South Arkansas’ Parker Calling It A Career

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Updated: October 29, 2015
Red Parker is pictured during a game during his tenure at Clemson University

Red Parker is pictured during a game during his tenure at Clemson University

HASKELL – One of the South’s most storied coaches says he is leaving his position at Harmony Grove High School. Jimmy “Red” Parker announced his resignation on Wednesday according to an article from Jeremy Muck of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The longtime fixture in Arkansas sports has had experiences that many of his high school colleagues may never see, having coached at both The Citadel and Clemson in the 1970’s, and then later at Delta State, Southern Arkansas, and Ouachita Baptist University. However, he would return to the high school ranks at Rison, Woodlawn, and later Harmony Grove where he had been the school’s first football coach beginning in 2010.

“About three or four days after I moved here, the school decided they wanted to have football,” Parker told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in 2013. “I called the superintendent and he said I’ll hire your today if you’ll come. It just worked out that way. I work a half a day.”

According to the same publication, Parker had a 137-127-8 record in 26 years as a college head coach at six schools, with his last season at Ouachita Baptist in 1998. But he’s been involved in coaching for 60 years counting his stints at several Arkansas high schools. One source has Parker with a 169-79-5 record as a high school coach.

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