Alvin  Parker
Alvin Parker
Hometown:
Washington, DC

Position:
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

Alma Mater:
Virginia Union University, 1999

With 13 years of experience as a highly successful offensive coordinator(17 years overall), Alvin Parker has earned the reputation of being one of the best offensive coordinators in the game. Parker enters his twelfth year as the director of the ECSU offense.

In his 13 years as an offensive coordinator, Parker has had 5 CIAA Title game appearances, 2 NCAA Playoff appearances, and 2 Pioneer bowl appearances. During an eight-year span at ECSU, the Vikings are a whopping 48-15 in conference play. As the leader of one of the nation's premier offensive attacks at ECSU, the American Football Coaches Association recognized Parker for his dedication to his team by being selected as a 2014 and 2013 Assistant Coach of the Year Finalist.

Under his guidance, the Vikings have produced an offense that has average more than 30 PPG the last five seasons in conference play. Parker brings the philosophy of an aggressive tempo offense, and is also known widely for being a committed recruiter.

2014 the Vikings finished 1st in the Conference in third down efficiency and also 1st in Sacks allowed, both ranked in the top 25 nationally. RB Kenny King was named All-CIAA helping to add to the ECSU Legacy of being "ElizaBACK" City State University.

2013 saw ECSU finishing 2nd in the CIAA Northern Division. The Vikings were one of two teams in the league to average over 30ppg and over 400ypg. The Viking's offense was 2nd in Sacks Allowed and also Passing Efficiency.

2012 was a great year for the Vikings. They took the CIAA Northern Divisional Title. That year also saw them ending on another successful note as the Pioneer Bowl Champions.

By the end of 2011, the Vikings were one of ten teams nationally who rushed for 36 touchdowns or more on the season. The Vikings potent rushing attack was noted by running back Daronte McNeill being selected as the Conference Player of the Year.

The 2010 Viking offense finished 1st in sacks against, as well as 2nd in pass completion percentage, total offense, and rushing offense. The "multiple-attack" offense averaged 194 YPG rushing on the way to setting the school record. The Viking's offense again took up more space in the record books when sophomore running back Daronte McNeil became ECSU's single season rushing leader with 1321 yards finishing the season seventh in the nation amongst rushers. In addition, there were three ECSU runners who averaged more than five yards per carry. A total of six offensive players received post-season honors.

In 2009, the Vikings tied for 1st in the CIAA Eastern Division. The offense finished 15th in the nation in scoring offense averaging 35 PPG. ECSU rushed for nearly 30 TD's which was amongst the highest in the Conference. Six members of the Viking's offense received post-season honors.

In 2008, ECSU won the CIAA Eastern Division title averaging 32 PPG. Senior quarterback Curtis Rich led the conference in all passing categories on his way to being named 2008 Offensive Player of the Year. Wide receiver Dexter Manley led the conference in all major receiving categories and was also listed in the top 5 nationally.

In 2007, the Vikings had a 2nd place finish in the CIAA Eastern Division.

Parker's 2006 Viking offense finished 2nd in scoring during the regular season and 2nd in total offense on their way to the Conference's championship game. Also, the ECSU offense had a record-breaking year in 2006, one in which saw 5 offensive players being recognized as 1st Team All-Conference. Sophomore quarterback Curtis Rich had one of the best seasons for any Viking quarterback under Parker's guidance; he completed 52% of his passes and threw 21 touchdowns during the regular season. By the end of 2006, Parker had taken an offensive line that featured 3 new starters and propelled it into one of the top units in the country giving up only 11 sacks. That offensive line featured All-American Ronnie McClary. The Viking's offense also featured the league's top reception leader Marvin Jackson, and the league's top scorer Chris Carter. Both Jackson and Carter ranked in the top for All-Receiving Categories.

Parker joined the staff of Coach Waverly Tillar in 2004, he came to ECSU after five successful seasons at Virginia Union University, where he served as offensive coordinator and running backs coach. While at Virginia Union University Parker was on the staff of Hall of Famer and the all-time winningest coaches in CIAA history Willard Bailey.

While there, Parker was part of a staff that participated in the 2000, 2001, and 2003 CIAA championship games. In his 5 years spent at Virginia Union, the Panthers won 38 football games, 3 eastern division titles, 1 CIAA title, and participated in the 2001 Pioneer Bowl.

During his time at Virginia Union, Parker coached 24 All-CIAA players, 4 All-Americans, and the CIAA's all-time leading rusher and single season touchdown scorer Andre' Braxton. Braxton was named All-CIAA 4 straight seasons and named Player of the Year for the 2000 season. That year, Braxton also won the Alonzo "Jake" Gaither Award for being the top player in black college football. This award is referred to as the "Black College Heisman Trophy". Additionally, under the tutelage of Parker, freshman running back Larry Edwards was recognized as first team All-CIAA in his first season and as a Streets and Smith pre-season All-American his next. In all of Parker's years at Virginia Union, the Panthers had a running back represented on either the first or second All-Conference team.

Overall, Parker has coached 3 NFL players; Pete Hunter (Seattle Seahawks), James Atkins (San Francisco 49er's) and Jerome Leslie (Philadelphia Eagles). He has also coached at least 90 All-Conference players, and 7 All-American players.

While attending Virginia Union University, Parker earned 4 varsity letters with the Panthers; he was the team captain of the 1997 and 1998 squad, and was named offensive MVP in 1996 and 1998. Parker's name is still in the school's record books for single season touchdown scored. Parker also still holds the record for the longest touchdown in Gold Bowl history (79 yard touchdown reception). Parker received his M.S. degree in Sport Leadership/Athletic Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his B.S. degree from Virginia Union University in Mass Communications.

Off the field, Parker is an advocate for community development; in 2003 he started HOME TEAM Foundation INC, a non-profit organization geared towards helping underprivileged youth both athletically and academically.

A native of Washington, D.C., Coach Parker is a Proud Father who now resides in Elizabeth City.