|No place like home for Alvin Parker|
|Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017|
Virginia Union alumnus Alvin Parker (with hat) has returned to his alma mater as the new head football coach.
Parker, who was St. Augustine’s offensive coordinator, played for the Panthers in the late 1990s. He was named most valuable player in 1996 and 1998. He still holds the school record for touchdowns in a single season.
He also helped coached the Panthers as offensive coordinator and running backs coach in the early 2000s.
"Dr. Parker won CIAA championships here at VUU as a player and later as an assistant coach under Willard Bailey," Athletics Director Joe Taylor said. "He also won CIAA championships as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Elizabeth City State University. While experiencing success on the field, he has earned his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D., an accomplishment that few football coaches in America have obtained."
Seniors James Hickman and Chasz Cosby have been nominated for the Cliff Harris Award, presented annual to the nation’s top small college defensive player.
Hickman led the CIAA in tackles (92) and tackles per game (9.2). Cosby was fifth in the league in tackles (75), fourth in sacks (72) and seventh in tackles for loss (13).
The winner will be announced on Dec. 23 and honored at an awards banquet next month in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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