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BPC names Sug Parker new women’s basketball coach
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – The all-time leading scorer in Brewton-Parker College basketball history has returned to his alma mater to lead the women’s basketball program.
Sug Parker, a 2000 graduate of BPC, was named the women’s head coach April 1. He replaces Sheila Simmons, who stepped down to accept a faculty position within the college’s Division of Education.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the winning tradition of women’s basketball at BPC,” said Parker. “Tommy Dalley did an excellent job during his coaching career here, and then he passed his team to Sheila, who was also very successful. She has now passed her team to me. I’m excited about the opportunity to maintain the high standard both coaches have set before me.”
Steve Barker, head men’s basketball coach and BPC athletic director, is optimistic about Parker and his ability to maintain the winning tradition that is BPC women’s basketball.
“Sug Parker will do a great job here at BPC. He was a great player for me,” said Barker. “He poured his heart and soul out for the program and I know he will do the same for the women’s program. I have all the confidence in the world in him. He is a fine Christian leader and will do great work in leading our women’s program to new heights.”
As he prepares for the 2007 season, Parker must work to fill the void left by Monique Martin, last year’s Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Player of the Year, who recently signed a contract with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun. He is already looking to his returning players to step up and make an early impact.
“I have a good core of players already,” he said. “I’m excited about them being here. In order to be successful, though, they’ll have to work hard every day and become stewards of the game. That means watching a lot of film and having individual workout time in the weight room. The weight room will be the biggest key for us this year. But I know these girls are up to the task.”
Parker said the public should expect to see the same style of play next season that has become a trademark of all BPC women’s basketball teams.
“I like up-tempo,” he said. “I play a man-to-man, fast break type of game that’s not very different from other BPC women’s teams. My philosophy is, if it’s ‘not broke, don’t fix it.’”
Not only does Parker have a desire to see his players have success on the court, he also makes it a priority to help them achieve in the classroom and in life.
“I want to be the best coach to my team in all areas,” he said. “That means not just in basketball, but in academics and in everyday life. On my teams, God will always be first. The team, both athletically and academically, is second, and the player is third.”
When asked about the biggest thing he’s looking forward to in his first season as head coach, Parker didn’t hesitate with his answer.
“I’m just looking forward to tipping it up,” he said with a smile.
As a player at BPC, Parker set the record for most points scored in a career with 2,045 points – a record he still holds today. His record of most points scored in a game (46) was broken by Martin this past season when she scored 50 points against Morris College last November.
Following his graduation, Parker played one season in Australia before working in Jacksonville, Fla., his “second home,” as the director of the Boys and Girls Club and at Daniel Memorial, a behavioral center for children.
He was then named assistant men’s basketball coach at BPC for the 2005 season before taking the assistant coaching job for both boys and girls basketball at Montgomery County High School.
Parker, originally from Sandersville, is married to the former Valerie Jackson of Sandersville. They have three children, Christopher (8), Joshua (5), and Miracle (4). In addition to his coaching duties, Parker also serves as Associate Pastor of Word of Life Church in Sandersville.