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Rocky’s Parker named Frontier’s top athletic director
BILLINGS, Mont. – June 8, 2015 – Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson has announced that Rocky Mountain College Director of Athletics Bruce Parker has been named the 2014-15 Frontier Conference Athletic Director of the Year.
The award is Parker’s first since becoming Rocky’s Director of Athletics in July of 2014, and seventh overall. Parker received the previous six honors while serving as Carroll College’s Director of Athletics, a position he held for 11 years.
Parker automatically becomes a finalist for the NAIA National Athletic Director of the Year Award, an honor he received in 2005.
“It has been an exciting year for Rocky Mountain College athletics,” Parker said. “I am so fortunate to be able to work with such a tremendous group of student-athletes, coaches and support staff. We are blessed to have such extraordinary support from President Wilmouth, our Vice Presidents as well as the faculty. Our accomplishments this past school year is due to a tremendous team effort.”
“The future looks bright, and we’re excited to get started with the upcoming academic year,” Parker added.
The award, which was voted upon by Paulson as well as the league’s athletic directors, was based upon the contribution Parker has made to the Frontier, and the NAIA, as well as his leadership, vision, commitment and the overall performance of the Rocky athletic programs.
“It’s with pleasure as a conference that we honor Bruce for all his accomplishments,” Paulson said. “Not only is he a great contributor to the Frontier Conference, but he is now leading the charge in a positive way at Rocky.”
He added: “You know you have a team player when you have Bruce Parker involved. He’s not only a veteran AD we look up to, but he is now serving as mentor to all our younger AD’s we have in the league.”
Under Parker’s leadership, RMC student-athletes had a banner year in the classroom by earning a cumulative grade point average of better than 3.0 for the nearly 300 student-athletes in 16 sports. Better than 30 student-athletes achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs. The year was filled with student-athletes on Frontier Conference Academic honor roll teams as well as the NAIA Academic All-America teams.
As competitive athletes, the Battlin’ Bears received plenty of national attention this past school year.
The volleyball team was perhaps the department’s top squad as they were the nation’s top-ranked NAIA volleyball team for 12 straight weeks. En route to the Frontier Conference championship, the Battlin’ Bears won 33 consecutive matches before losing at the National Tournament, where they finished fifth. Yang Yang, a senior from China, was named first-team All-America.
The football team was ranked as high as No. 5 in the country, and spent six weeks in the top 20. For the second-straight year, wide receiver Andre McCullouch earned first team All-America.
The men’s soccer team won the NAIA Unaffiliated Tournament – hosted by Rocky – and qualified for the National Tournament. The women’s soccer team lost the championship game of the Unaffiliated Tournament, also played at Rocky.
Rocky’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams all sent individuals to their respective National Championships. Rocky also hosted the Unaffiliated Cross Country Championships, Nov. 7, 2014.
The men’s basketball team won 20 games, and led by All-America Tyree Anderson, qualified for its third-straight National Tournament.
The men’s and women’s ski teams both finished second at the National Championships and each had individual event national champions. Ten skiers, five from each team, were named USCSA All-Americans.
The women’s golf team saw junior Kyla Clancy win the Frontier golf title, as did senior Daniel Thompsett from the men’s team. Both qualified for the National Championships, as Clancy finished in the top 30, earning her All-America honors, while Thompsett finished 51st.
Known as a proven fundraiser, Parker has tripled the number of dollars raised through the Corporate Partnership program.
Parker was honored two times by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as its Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NAIA; one of the few double winners. He has also been recognized three times as the NAIA Region I Athletic Director of the Year. In 2010 Parker received the NAIA’s Award of Merit for Outstanding Service.
Parker serves on several national committees such as the NAIA’s National Administrative Council; is one of only three NAIA representatives on the Executive Committee for the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA); was recently appointed to the NAIA’s Growth Panel, as selected by NAIA Chief Executive Officer Jim Carr; has served on numerous NAIA committees including Strategic Planning and Championships; has served two terms as the president of the NAIA Athletic Directors; is the National Administrative Council representative to the NAIA Football Championships; and serves on the Athletic Directors Association board of directors.
“We are lucky to have Bruce Parker at Rocky Mountain College,” said Dr. Bob Wilmouth, Rocky’s president. “Bruce has elevated the student athlete and made athletics a well-respected entity on our campus.”
“We are proud that he has received this award.”
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