A member of the Suffolk Athletics Department for nearly the past 19 years, Jay Parker switched roles from assistant baseball coach to the first-ever head coach of the women's golf program in 2016. He is set to begin his third season at the helm of the program in 2018.
After a slow first-season with just one head-to-head match and an individual outing, Suffolk made the most of its second year in 2017. Playing in its first championship campaign, Parker led the Rams to a runner-up showing at the Empire 8 Championships before guiding the blue-and-gold to the NEIGA DIII Title a week later. At New England’s, Nicole Antonucci, Brooke Chapman and McKenzie McGrath became the first-ever Suffolk golfer’s to garner All-NEIGA status and did so in first-team fashion to cap off the fall season.
Suffolk’s success carried over to the Spring slate, the program’s first-ever, where the Rams won the Westfield State Invitational.
Not only did Parker help Suffolk to a phenomenal start on the fairway, but also in the classroom as the Rams were acknowledged as an Empire 8 Academic Team in both the fall and spring semesters with four student-athletes earning President’s List honors with 3.6 grade point averages or above. Antonucci and Aine Dillon each collected the accolade for both semesters with Chapman earning the honor in the fall and McGrath picking up the recognition for the spring.
Parker, who was a part of Ram Nation for 19 seasons as an assistant baseball coach before taking his coaching talents from the diamond to the greenway in his first-ever collegiate head coaching position in the fall of 2016.
His 19 years spent with the Rams’ baseball program is a part of a 30-year coaching tenure, which was divided between high school – Mission High, Boston and Trinity Catholic – seven years with the All-Dorchester Sports League (ADSL) Connie Mack 16-18 team and Suffolk. In 2000, the ADSL Connie Mack team participated in an international tournament held in Havana, Cuba where they were the first American team to beat Cuba on their home soil.
Parker moved up to the collegiate level when he joined Suffolk University’s ranks for the 2000 season. With Parker on the bench, the Rams joined the GNAC, put together two perfect ledgers against conference competition, locked up the regular season title five times and won the championship six. He also has played a key role to six Suffolk trips to the NCAA Regional Tournaments.
Parker is an alumni of Catholic Memorial ’81 and a 1986 graduate of Bridgewater State College.