Gerad Parker

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Gerad Parker
Gerad parker.jpg
Current position
TitleWide receivers coach
TeamPenn State
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1981-01-04) January 4, 1981 (age 38)[1]
Huntington, West Virginia
Playing career
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2005–2006Raceland-Worthington (KY) H.S. (WR/DB)
2007Kentucky (GA)
2008–2010UT Martin (PGC/RC)
2011–2012Marshall (WR)
2013–2014Purdue (TE/RC)
2015–2016Purdue (WR/RC)
2016Purdue (interim HC)
2017Duke (OA)
2018Duke (WR)
2019Penn State (WR)
Head coaching record

Gerad Michael Parker (born January 4, 1981) is an American football coach who is currently the wide receivers coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions. Parker played college football for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Early life[edit]

Gerad, a native of Louisa, Kentucky, was Born the son of Rick and Laura Parker.[2] Parker graduated from Lawrence County High School, where he was a member of the basketball team, track and field team as well as the football team as a record-setting wide receiver.[3] As a freshman and sophomore, Parker teamed up with Jason Michael to form one of the best passing attacks in the state of Kentucky.[2] A 2000 graduate, Parker was Kentucky's all-time leading receiving with 4,814 career receiving yards in high school.[4] His 65 receptions, 1,504 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior made him a finalist for the 1999 Kentucky Mr. Football Award, losing out to eventual teammate Travis Atwell.[2] Parker also ran the 400-meter dash, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay, as well as was a member of the basketball team.[2]

College career[edit]

In January 2000, Parker accepted a scholarship to the University of Kentucky to continue his football career.[5][6] He chose Kentucky over offers from Marshall and Western Kentucky.[2] During Paker's career at Kentucky, he went through three head coaches, two broken collar bones and a leg injury.[7]



NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Kentucky Wildcats
Season Receiving
Rec Yards Avg Yds/G TD
2001 0 0 -- -- 0
2002 0 0 -- -- 0
2003 0 0 -- -- 0
2004 15 168 11.2 18.6 0
NCAA Career Totals 15 168 11.2 18.6 0

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching career[edit]

Parker coached wide receivers and defensive backs at Raceland-Worthington High School from 2005–2006.[9] In 2007 Parker took a graduate assistant job at Kentucky,[10] where he worked with wide receivers and the offensive scout team. The following year Parker was hired by UT Martin, where he was the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2011, Parker became the wide receivers coach at Marshall.[11]


On February 11, 2013, Parker was hired by Darrell Hazell as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Purdue University.[9] In 2015, Parker took over as the wide receivers coach and maintained his role as the recruiting coordinator.[12]

Parker mentored standout receiver DeAngelo Yancey during his time at Purdue. Yancey earned second team All-Big Ten honors after recording a career-high 49 receptions for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016,[13] and wrapped up his four-year collegiate career ranking among the top receivers in Purdue history, finishing with 141 career receptions for 2,344 yards and 20 TDs.[14]

After a loss to Iowa on October 16, 2016, Purdue fired head coach Darrell Hazell and named Parker the interim head coach for the final six weeks of the season.[15]


On January 17, 2017, Parker was named the running backs coach at the University of Cincinnati.[16] Parker resigned from Cincinnati the week of February 13, 2017 to become the wide receivers coach at East Carolina.[17].[18]

On February 22, 2017, Parker was arrested and charged with Driving under the influence. Parker was intending on taking the wide receivers coaching position at East Carolina University however because of the arrest, the university rescinded their offer.[19]


On June 1, 2017, Parker was hired by David Cutcliffe and the Duke Blue Devils as a Football Operations Assistant.[20] In 2018, Parker transitioned into an assistant coaching role to mentor Duke’s wide receivers.[21] During his one season coaching the Duke wide receivers, the unit combined for 2,252 yards, accounting for 70.4 percent of the Blue Devils’ passing production.[22]

Penn State[edit]

On January 10, 2019 Parker was named the wide receivers coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions, replacing David Corley.[22]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (2016)
2016 Purdue 0–6 0–6 7th (West)
Purdue: 0–6 0–6
Total: 0–6


  1. ^ "Purdue at Nebraska Pre-game notes" (PDF). Purdue University. October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "2003 Kentucky football media guide" (PDF). University of Kentucky. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  3. ^ Mark Story (February 5, 2011). "Lawrence County: Tiny county growing a football coaching tree". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Coach Bio : Gerad Parker :: Football". University of Kentucky. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Bill Hodge (January 27, 2000). "Battle for pledges still being waged". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  6. ^ "Kentucky Football Welcomes 21 Newcomers To Its 2000 Squad". University of Kentucky. February 2, 2000. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Murray Evans (November 11, 2004). "UK's Parker nears end of star-crossed career". Kentucky New Era. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Gerad Parker". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Grant Taylor (February 10, 2013). "Herd WR coach Parker heading to Purdue". The Herald-Dispatch. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  10. ^ Rick Greene (January 12, 2007). "Parker takes job at Kentucky". The Daily Independent. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  11. ^ Mark Maynard (March 12, 2011). "MARK MAYNARD: Gerad Parker on hair-rising flight". The Daily Independent. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "Terry Malone Added to Football Coaching Staff". 22 February 2015. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  13. ^ Nathan Baird (November 30, 2016). "Purdue's DeAngelo Yancey earns Big Ten honor". Lafayette Journal & Courier. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Dienhart, Tom (25 January 2017). "The Replacements: Top 5 Purdue players to replace". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  15. ^ Nathan Baird (October 16, 2016). "Purdue's Gerad Parker faces interim challenges". Lafayette Journal & Courier. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  16. ^ Nathan Baird (January 17, 2017). "Purdue's Gerad parker to Cincinnati". Lafayette Journal and Courier. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  17. ^ Igoe, Stephen. "Potential Pirate coaching football hire hits major snag". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  18. ^ Groeschen, Tom. "Ex-UC football assistant charged with OVI". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  19. ^ Nick Roush (February 22, 2017). "After Arrest, Former Wildcat Gerad Parker Loses Coaching Job". Kentucky Sports Radio. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  20. ^ Mike Carmin (June 1, 2017). "Former Purdue interim coach Gerad Parker hired at Duke". Lafayette Journal & Courier. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  21. ^ "Cutcliffe Announces Staff Changes". Duke Sports Information. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  22. ^ a b Levarse, Derek (10 January 2019). "Penn State hires Duke's Gerad Parker as new wide receivers coach". Times Leader. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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