Matt Parker begins his third season leading the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles Baseball program.
During his first season at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Parker led the Eagles to one of the most successful seasons in school history. OKWU completed the 2012 season 42-25 finishing 3rd in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) and National Runner-Up at the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series in Mason, OH.
The 42 wins is a school record for the Eagles. Under Parker’s tutelage, the Eagles ranked in the top 12 in the NAIA in 9 offensive categories including 3rd in runs scored, 9th in doubles, and 12th in batting average. OKWU stole 115 bases out of 146 attempts. Parker watched as the Eagles had 10 players named MCAC All-Conference, claimed 4 MCAC Gold Gloves, and had an NAIA All-American. During his first season in Bartlesville, Coach Parker was named Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
In year two, the Eagles did not let up. Oklahoma Wesleyan University again topped the 30-win plateau finishing 31-24 and 3rd in the MCAC. Parker again led OKWU to the MCAC Conference Tournament semi-finals. The 2013 campaign saw 7 players named MCAC All-Conference including Freshman of the Year honors for CJ Gregory.
Prior to coming to Oklahoma Wesleyan, Parker spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at California Baptist University. During his time there, the Lancers baseball program reached new heights. In 2010, Parker assisted CBU in finishing 49-15, ranking #3 nationally, and making just the second ever trip to the Avista-NAIA World Series.
Cal Baptist won the Golden State Athletic Conference twice in Parker’s three seasons. Additionally, Coach Parker coached the All-Conference shortstop each of his three seasons including the GSAC Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. Parker saw six players drafted during his tenure with the Lancers.
Before going to CBU, Parker spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, leading the Broncbusters to the Region VI championship game. While there, he also served as an associate scout for the San Francisco Giants.
Prior to his time at Garden City, he spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
Parker also spent two summers as an assistant coach with the Chillicothe (Mo.) Mudcats, leading them to the 2006 Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas (M.I.N.K) League championship and an appearance in the 2006 NBC World Series. During the summers between his collegiate career, Coach Parker also coached with the Batesville and Searcy American Legion teams from 2002-05 and led Batesville American Legion to the 2004 Arkansas American Legion championship game.
Parker played four seasons at NAIA Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., earning All-TranSouth Conference honors as a 2005 senior. He was a two-time TranSouth Scholar-Athlete as a 2004 junior and 2005 senior. He earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors as a senior.
A 2005 graduate of Lyon, Parker graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in business administration and had the highest GPA among business administration majors. He earned his Master’s in Sports Administration from Henderson State in 2007.
Parker and his wife, Lindsey, reside in Bartlesville.