Jason Parker named Director of Athletics at Muskogee Public Schools
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education approved the recommendation to hire Jason Parker as the Director of Athletics during Tuesday’s Special Board Meeting.
Parker has spent four years as the Director of Athletics of Sapulpa Public Schools where he has ushered in a new era for Sapulpa Athletics. In his short time at the helm, Sapulpa has seen nine programs transformed from underperforming to competing for conference and/or district championships.
“I am excited to welcome a Director of Athletics to Muskogee with the experience and success that Jason Parker possesses,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, Superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools. “His vision for the athletic department is comprehensive and well laid out. Jason understands the success that Muskogee has achieved in the past and sees the opportunity that lies ahead.”
Parker has a strategic plan for the athletic department at Muskogee that will embrace the past accomplishments while working with stakeholders to craft a shared vision that embraces a bright future for Rougher Athletics. His goal is to improve the experience of every student-athlete while investing in coaches by retaining and attracting the best in their sport. Parker plans to develop auditing processes for finances, uniforms, apparel and equipment to streamline for optimum impact.
“I believe in the vision that has already been set and the pathway that the Board of Education and Dr. Mendenhall have already developed,” said Parker. “My vision for Muskogee Athletics is to help develop your vision for the department. I want to get to know the people of Muskogee. My philosophy begins with student excellence and prioritizing the student experience. Another part is the culture piece, culture starts with connections and communication and that is a fundamental piece of what I hope to bring.”
Under his guidance, four consecutive Region Coach of the Year honors have been bestowed to Sapulpa coaches each from a different sport. Football, Baseball, Boys and Girls Soccer, and Boys Basketball have earned a record number of single season wins in program history. More Sapulpa students have qualified for State competition in four years than had in the previous decade combined for Cross Country, Track, Tennis and Golf.
Sapulpa Athletics has seen improvement academically as well under Parker’s leadership, six times in the last three years Sapulpa has earned OSSAA Academic recognition. An emphasis on academics from the Athletic Director’s role including academic goal-setting has seen ineligibility issues alleviated leading to increased participation and nearly 60 student-athletes that have signed collegiate scholarships to continue their academic and athletic careers over the last three years.
In 2018, Parker earned his Certified Masters in Athletic Administration becoming just the fourth Athletic Director in the State of Oklahoma to achieve such status. He is one of only two Oklahoma athletic directors to currently serve on a national NFHS/NIAAA Committee as he is a member of the NIAAA/NFHS Publications Committee. He was named the OIAAA Oklahoma Newcomer of the Year in 2017.
Parker is a familiar name to sports fans in Northeastern Oklahoma having played high school basketball at Tulsa Memorial High School where he finished as the all-time leading scorer in program history and graduated third in his high school class.
Jason continued his academic and athletic career at the University of Tulsa from 2000-2004. He was twice named ESPN Academic All-American. He helped lead the Golden Hurricane to a National Invitational Tournament Championship in 2001 and two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2003 he led TU in scoring, assists, and steals while completing his career a Top 10 scorer in Tulsa men’s basketball history. He completed his undergraduate at Tulsa with Cum-laude distinction. He earned his law degree with honors from the University of Tulsa in 2012 and passed the Oklahoma Bar Exam. He earned his Superintendent’s Certification in 2017 from the University of Oklahoma.
Upon graduation from Tulsa, Parker spent five years playing professional basketball in Italy, Greece, and Russia. After hanging up his sneakers, Parker joined the University of Tulsa athletic department as a Graduate Assistant for the Director of Athletics working under the guidance of former athletic directors Bubba Cunningham, Ross Parmley and current Golden Hurricane Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg.
Prior to joining Sapulpa Public Schools, Parker served as Director of Athletics at Monte Cassino School in Tulsa, Okla. for two years where he established a comprehensive and cohesive education-based athletics program for the second largest private school in Oklahoma. During his time leading the athletic department, Monte Cassino saw participation increase 90-percent in-season and 45-percent during the off-season.