Parker Named Hitting Coach for Bulldog Baseball
Sept. 18, 2013
RUSTON, La. - After spending last season as an assistant for the Diamond 'Dogs, Olen Parker returns to head coach Wade Simoneaux's staff in a different capacity as he is set to take over as a full-time assistant and hitting coach for the Louisiana Tech baseball program.
Parker replaces former hitting coach Fran Andermann, who coached on Simoneaux's staff for 11 seasons from 2002-2013.
"Following a good hitting coach like Fran Andermann, I learned a lot from that guy," Parker said. "I want to take it a step further with what he has taught the guys in the past. I want to also thank Coach Simoneaux for the opportunity to continue on with Louisiana Tech and the chance to coach this ball club."
Parker came to Tech from Grambling, where he was a former standout player and coach for the Tigers. Last season, Parker assisted with the catchers, bullpen, infielders and hitters on a day-to-day basis for the Bulldogs in 2013.
"I am looking forward to the challenge of becoming a hitting coach at the collegiate level," Parker said. "Stepping into this role, I think the thing I would like to change most is I would like our guys to be more athletic rather than sports-science hitters. In this modern age, college baseball players are more worried about having a perfect major league swing. I would like our guys to be more athletic and better hitters first and foremost."
Over the course of his collegiate playing career, Parker spent two years at Western Oklahoma State College where he led the team in stolen bases (82) during his career before transferring to Grambling where he made an immediate impact for the Tigers' baseball program.
As the second baseman, Parker was a part of a team that defeated No. 4 ranked Florida State on the season's opening weekend and he capitalized on his success on the diamond and turned baseball into a professional career.
After being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1986, Parker played three seasons, eventually advancing to Double A in the minor leagues.
Prior to taking the position at Grambling, he moved to Dallas, Texas in 2003 and coached the Dallas Heroes Collegiate Summer League team and led them to the Stan Musial Regional Tournament.
Two years later, Parker served as the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations for the Little Heroes Baseball Foundation in addition to earning the Director of Training title.
Aspiring to move into the professional ranks, he became a member of Major League Baseball Scout School and fared well in the classroom as he ranked second in a class of 50 scouts. His success in scout school led him to receive an associate scouting position with the Atlanta Braves.
A native of New Orleans, Parker is a 1983 graduate of St. Augustine High School and was a three-sport letter winner in football, basketball and baseball. A highly decorated player in high school, he was named the football team's Best First Year Player in 1981 and earned the Coaches Award in 1982 for his efforts on the gridiron. On the hardwood, Parker teamed with current New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson during the 1982-83 seasons and led the Purple Knights to a 35-0 state championship run.
Olen has been touted as a highly successful recruiter on the collegiate level. In his career, he has had 15 players that he signed or coached make it to the professional ranks, the latest being Chris Wolfe, a former Grambling infielder who is now a part of the Oakland A's organization.
Parker has worked for numerous baseball camps amongst highly respected Division I institutions, serving as a hitting coach. He has also served as a hitting instructor at Baseball USA in Houston, Texas, TPX Top 96 and the Complete Showcase.
Parker earned both his bachelor and master's degrees from Grambling State University.
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