Tyler Parker hired as CRC men's basketball assistant coach

PARAGOULD, AR (CRC.edu) – Crowley's Ridge College has announced the addition of Tyler Parker to the Men's Basketball Coaching staff for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Parker has been named as the coach of the newly formed Men's Basketball Junior Varsity team and will also serve as the Assistant Coach to the Pioneers varsity basketball team.

Parker, a native of Huntsville, AL, joins the CRC staff after two seasons working with Head Coach Jim Sanderson and the men's basketball team at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. Parker worked as a student assistant coach during the 2012-13 season helping to guide the Eagles to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. Parker was promoted to assistant coach during the 2013-14 season.

Previous to his coaching duties, Parker was a four year letter winner for the Eagles men's basketball program at Faulkner University from 2008-12. He played as a combo guard for the Eagles.

He played his prep basketball at Madison Academy in Huntsville where he was a four year varsity player and two year varsity starter. His teams captured three straight Alabama High School State Championships in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

"I am excited to add someone with the capabilities and work ethic of Tyler Parker to our basketball program," said Crowley's Ridge College Head Coach Chris Perkins. "He has a solid basketball background that will be a great addition to our programs growth here."

CRC will have 11 returners from last season's team that finished 12-15 and lost in the Central Regional Tournament to Colorado Christian University. Of those returners five will be seniors, four juniors and two sophomores.

"I'm looking forward in using my experience to help CRC continue to grow," said Parker. "I am excited about the new challenges it will bring, but confident that under Coach Perkins direction we can be very successful. My goal is to help recruit a team that represents CRC to the fullest on and off the court."

CRC provides a great opportunity for many athletes to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Pioneer intercollegiate teams compete in the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) in men's basketball, baseball and soccer and in women's basketball, volleyball and softball.  CRC competes in the Division I of the Central Region.