July 26, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Wade Simoneaux has announced the hiring of former Grambling State assistant coach Olen Parker as the new volunteer assistant for the Bulldog baseball team.
Parker, a former standout player and assistant coach at Grambling State, brings a wealth of experience to the Bulldog program from a personnel and playing standpoint by assisting with the catchers, bullpen, infielders and hitters on a day-to-day basis.
"Olen has been working the camps with us for 10 years here at Tech and not only is he a good coach, but he's also a good friend of mine," Simoneaux said. "He's going to take the place of Brent Porsch, who was hired at LSU-Alexandria as the head baseball coach recently and I'm looking forward to getting him on staff."
Parker spoke of his excitement of joining a staff he's so familiar with, after having assisted with the Bulldogs' baseball camps for a number of years with Simoneaux and his assistants.
"Being around Wade and his staff for the past 10 years, I know most of the players and I have knowledge of the players and the things they can do," Parker said. "I can assist the staff and definitely bring more attributes out of the players."
In his playing career, Parker spent two years at Western Oklahoma State College where he led the team in stolen bases (82) during his career, before transferring to Grambling where he made an immediate impact for the Tigers' baseball program.
Playing second base, Parker was a part of a team that defeated No. 4 ranked Florida State on the season's opening weekend and he capitalized that success on the diamond into a professional career.
After being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1986, Parker played three seasons, eventually advancing to Double A in the minor leagues.
Prior to taking the position at Grambling, he moved to Dallas, Texas in 2003 and coached the Dallas Heroes Collegiate Summer League team and led them to the Stan Musial Regional Tournament.
Two years later, Parker served as the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations for the Little Heroes Baseball Foundation in addition to earning the Director of Training title.
Aspiring to move into the professional ranks, he became a member of Major League Baseball Scout School and fared well in the classroom as he ranked second in a class of 50 scouts. His success in scout school led him to receive an associate scouting position with the Atlanta Braves.
A native of New Orleans, Parker is a 1983 graduate of St. Augustine High School and was a three-sport letter winner in football, basketball and baseball. A highly decorated player in high school, he was named the football team's Best First Year Player in 1981 and earned the Coaches Award in 1982 for his efforts on the gridiron. On the hardwood, Parker teamed with current New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson during the 1982-83 seasons and led the Purple Knights to a 35-0 state championship run.
In addition, Parker also shared the baseball diamond at St. Augustine with Ronald Marigny, a former professional baseball player with the Detroit Tigers and Scouting Supervisor with the Oakland A's.
Olen has been a highly successful recruiter on the collegiate level. He has had 15 players that he signed or coached make it to the professional ranks. The latest being Chris Wolfe.
Parker has worked for numerous baseball camps amongst highly respected Division I institutions, serving as hitting coach. He has also served as a hitting instructor at Baseball USA in Houston, Texas, TPX Top 96 and the Complete Showcase.
Parker has earned both a bachelor and master's degree from Grambling State University.