May 1, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head golf coach Jeff Parks announced Thursday that he is resigning effective at the end of the season.
LA Tech Athletics Director thanked Parks for his service and commitment to the University and said a national search for his replacement will begin immediately. Parks will be completing his 11th year at LA Tech this season with six years as head coach after serving five years as an assistant coach under Jean Hall.
"I want to thank Jeff Parks for his 11 years of dedication and service to Louisiana Tech University," McClelland said. "Throughout his tenure he worked tirelessly to improve the program and has brought the Bulldog golf team to new heights. He is leaving the program at a level better than it has ever been and we look forward to his successor continuing to build on the foundation Jeff laid."
Parks said he is resigning to pursue other professional opportunities.
"I am so grateful to have been part of the LA Tech Family and to have worked with this team," Parks said. "I love Louisiana Tech and am going to continue to be an ardent fan and supporter of the Bulldogs. I look forward to watching this program continue to grow."
His first signee after being named head coach - Jack Lempke - became the program's first Freshman of the Year recipient when Tech was a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Lempke and teammate Travis Wilmore recently completed their final collegiate seasons.
Under Parks' guidance the Bulldogs were ranked as high as 59th, the highest LA Tech's program has ever reached. That rank was almost 40 spots higher than its previous top rank.
Overall Parks coached four all-conference golfers with the 2014 Conference USA honors yet to be announced. His program has continually led the University's 16 NCAA varsity sports in APR during his tenure and his coaching of Lange has a chance to result in a new school record for a season average round of 72.8, postseason play pending.
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