College - Findlay (OH)
Charlie Parker joined the Hornets as an assistant coach in 2006-07, adding the experience of over 30 seasons as a coach on the collegiate and professional level.
Parkerís last coaching position was at the Dallas Mavericks, where he was an assistant coach for ten seasons (1995-2005) after eight years at Southern California.
Parker was head coach at USC in 1995-96 after six years as an assistant under George Raveling. He assumed the role of interim head coach Nov. 14, 1994, and finished out the 1994-95 season in that capacity.
Parker was head coach at Wayne State from 1982-88. During his tenure, he posted a record of 120-56 (.682) and established himself as the winningest coach in school history. Averaging 20 wins each season, the Tartars won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title three times. In addition, the 1985-86 squad finished with a record of 24-7, advancing to the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinals. In his last five seasons at Wayne State, all of Parkerís teams finished in the top 20 in various Division II polls and made three tournament appearances. While at Wayne State, Parker was honored as the GLIAC Coach of the Year on two occasions (1984 and 1987) and was also heralded as the Michigan Coach of the Year in 1984. He was inducted into the Wayne State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Prior to his time at Wayne State, Parker spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green. His coaching career began in 1972 at his alma mater, the University of Findlay (Ohio), as both an assistant basketball coach and head track/cross country coach. Parker received his masterís degree in education at Bowling Green in 1974. Parker received an honorary doctorate from Findlay in 1995.
Parker graduated from Findlay in 1972 after earning a bachelorís degree in health and physical education and a minor in sociology. While an undergraduate, he had a decorated career in both basketball and track. He was elected to the schoolís Hall of Fame in 1989. He was elected into the Hancock County (Ohio) Sports Hall of Fame in April of 1998.
Parker and his wife, Lori, have a son, Christopher and a daughter Kendall. Parker has five other children: Sharmelle, Charles, Jr., Cameron, Sharee and Lyndie.