Major Parker
Major Parker
Title: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: (919) 546-8862
Email: mparker@shawu.edu

Major Parker enters his third year as part of the men's basketball coaching staff.

Prior to joining Shaw University, Parker was involved with basketball through the Flordia Flash Organization. As the Vice President, Parker oversaw the operation of the basketball program in the South Flordia area and trains middle and high school athletes. The Florida Flash finished its season top 5. Parker also trained professional basketball players throughout the year.

In 2011, he devloped the first two AAU travel teams (17U and 16U), and had a successful year finishing in the top 15 for the season. Before that, Parker joined thr La Ley Sports, as the Basketball Coordinator of the basketball sports division. Parker coordinated and operated basketball programs/events such as; Public vs Private Dade and Broward Youth All Star Game, Youth basketball clinics, and more in 2010.

In 2009, the Houston Clippers AAU team announced Parker as the head coach and training for the 2009-2010. The team finished the season ranking in the top 20.

Parker is a 1997 graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School, where he was coached by Mark Wilson, the state of Florida's 4A Player of the Year finished third in the  balloting for Florida's Mr. Basketball. In 1996-97 he was named to the All-USA Honorable Mention by the USA Today. He was the Cardinal Gibbons all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 career points, where he averaged 22.1 points a game, 7.1 rebounds a game and 2.4 assists per game as a senior. Parker led Cardinal Gibbons to a 31-2 record and an apperance in the 4A state semi-final gmae, as a four-year starter, he helped advance the team to the Final Eight all four years and led his team to the Final Four as a sophmore and a senior.

That season, he was selected to the Preseason Honorable Mention All-Amercian by Street & Smiths before earning the 1995-96 Honorable Mention ALL-Amercian by Adidas Blue Ribbon after averging 18.5 ppg, 9 rpg, and 3 apg as a junior: Parker attended the prestigious Adidas, Las Vegas and Long Beach State camps the summer before his senior year; where he was also recruited by Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, South Florida and North Carolina State.

At the University of Florida (1998-2001), Parker excelled as a player and leader, beign named team captin for three consecutive years. As Coach Billy Donovan's very first recruit at UF, Parker upheld all expectations by becoming the most winning senior in UF history, by being invited to play in the Back to Back Sweet 16 Games, and by assisting his team to reach the 2000 Final Four and National Championship. Parker graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in Leisure Services Management.

Upon graduation, Parker traveled with an international basketball league for two after which returned to his alma mater to assist the coaching staff player recruitment. Taurean Green, Joah Kim Noah, Al Horford, and Corey Brewer were all recrutied by Parker. These players were able to win back National Championship for UF and later became NBA draft picks.