Bruce M. Parker
Director of Athletics
Bruce Parker took over the reins as the Director of Athletics at Rocky Mountain College in July 2014, after spending 11 years as an award-winning AD at Carroll College. RMC President Robert Wilmouth stated that “Bruce Parker fits with the new direction we want to go with RMC athletics. He will lead by example to instill in our current and future student-athletes the traits that will contribute to making someone a champion of character.”
Parker was recently appointed to the NAIA Athletic Director’s Association (ADA) Board of Directors. He is the former president of the NAIA National Athletic Directors Association (ADA) and continues to serve on the NAIA’s National Administrative Council, keeping RMC in the forefront of NAIA athletics. During his term as athletic director at Carroll, Parker was honored as the NAIA National Athletic Director of the Year, as well as twice being recognized as the NAIA Region I Athletic Director of the Year and the Frontier AD of the Year on six occasions in 11 years.
He was also honored as one of the 2009 and 2011 NACDA/Under Armour “Athletic Directors of the Year.” Parker has also been appointed by NAIA CEO and President Jim Carr to the NAIA National Strategic Planning Council, as well as to the NAIA National Marketing Committee. He is currently serving a five-year stint to the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA) National Executive Committee as well.
The athletics and academic successes were plentiful at Carroll under Parker. Carroll won six NAIA National Football Championships and the Fighting Saints captured the Frontier Conference George Bandy Memorial All-Sports Trophy in four of the past five years. During Parker’s last four years at Carroll, all of the Saints’ athletic teams earned NAIA “Scholar Team” designation and, in his last year, the combined GPA for Carroll student-athletes was an impressive 3.327.
Parker spearheaded efforts to add eight sports during his tenure to Carroll’s athletic program. The additions include women’s and men’s cross country and track and field (indoor and outdoor), as well as men’s soccer and women’s softball this past year.
Other accomplishments include record attendance at home athletic events, hosting numerous NAIA National Football playoff games, record-setting years with corporate fundraising, and funds generated by the Saints’ Athletic Association. Parker exceeded the college’s expectations for fundraising by the athletic department and made strides toward initiating enhancements to athletic facilities on Carroll’s campus. Parker was involved in the community with numerous fundraising activities tied with Saints’ Athletics.
Parker is a 1979 graduate of Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) with a bachelor of science degree in business management and marketing, and served as Associate Athletic Director at Montana State University in Bozeman during his 22-year tenure at the NCAA Institution. Parker and his wife Lisa, have two sons, Ryan of Chandler, Ariz., and Brett, the men’s head soccer coach at Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and his wife, Larissa.