Stephen Parker joined the FSU Strength and Conditioning staff in May of 2018. He oversees the design and implementation of the strength and conditioning programs for men’s and women’s swimming, as well as men and women’s golf.
Before arriving in Tallahassee, Parker spent three years at the University of South Florida where he assisted with the football strength and conditioning program and was responsible for men’s and women’s soccer. In his three seasons with the Bulls, both soccer programs saw post-season action. The women made it to the AAC conference championship game twice, winning it during his final season, as well as two NCAA Tournament appearances. The men’s team claimed the regular season conference championship title, while also appearing in the NCAA Tournament twice. In his final year, the Bulls football team saw a 10-2 overall record with a thrilling 38-34 victory over Texas Tech in the Birmingham Bowl.
Prior to joining the USF staff, he served as a graduate assistant with the Southern Miss strength and conditioning program, working primarily with the football program. He was also the head strength and conditioning coach for the Golden Eagles’ softball team. Before his stint at Southern Miss, Parker interned with the staff at Mississippi State University, where he worked with the Bulldog football program. He joined the staff in Starkville after spending a year at LSU, working with softball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s tennis, swimming and diving, as well as cheer and dance. During his time at LSU, Parker had the opportunity to learn from Olympic Hall of Fame weightlifting coach Gayle Hatch. Prior to moving to Baton Rouge, he was an intern at Southern Miss where he worked with football, baseball, soccer, and volleyball. He started his coaching career at EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) as a Performance Specialist intern. He had the opportunity to work with athletes from all levels including high school, NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Olympic, as well as all branches of the military.
In 2012, Parker received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Miss in Sports and High Performance Materials. In 2015, he also obtained his Master’s degree from Southern Miss in Sport Coaching Education.
The Picayune, Mississippi native is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also certified by United States Weightlifting as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach.