June 25, 2009
RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Derek Dooley announced Thursday that Jeff Parks is stepping down as the head golf pro at Squire Creek Golf Course to become the head coach for the Bulldogs, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
In addition to serving as the head golf pro, Parks has also served as the assistant coach for the Bulldogs since 2004 under Jean Hall, who announced his retirement in May after five years at the helm.
"Jeff will be an outstanding addition to our program," Dooley said. "He has a proven track record for excellence in golf instruction and in motivating student athletes to reach their potential. We are continuing our efforts to elevate the competitiveness of all of our sports, and I am certain Jeff will help advance our golf program to a higher level."
Parks helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2007 Hal Sutton Invitational title while also improving the team's scoring average by over 20 strokes per tournament. He has been instrumental in helping the Bulldogs to some of the top scoring rounds in Tech history as Matthew Harvey's 64 and Clinton Shepard's 65 rank in the top four. Harvey and Amrith de Soysa also captured individual titles in the 2007-08 season, making Tech the only WAC school boasting multiple golfers with individual titles in 2007-08.
"I appreciate all that Coach Hall has done for this program and in helping me develop as a coach," Parks said. "I am excited about this new role and look forward to continuing to build the competitiveness of the Louisiana Tech golf program."
A devotee of modern technology, Parks was the Director of Instruction at GolfTEC in Denver, Col, where he was also Vice President of Golf Instruction. Parks was ranked No. 2 by Golf Digest in 2001 as one of the "Best Teachers in the State of Colorado."
Parks developed that teaching philosophy by analyzing and segmenting the databases of over 100 touring professionals and also trained and supervised a staff of over 40 people to teach golf using video and motion analysis computer incorporating GolfTEC's teaching methods.
Parks graduated from Mississippi State in 1993, earning his bachelor's of Business Administration specializing in golf management.
After graduating from Mississippi State Parks became the first assistant professional at Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport, La., before moving on to GolfTEC in 1996.
Parks is also the author of eight articles published in Golf TIPS magazine in 1999 and is a certified Class A-14 PGA Professional.