McNeil Parker begins his first season on the Lafayette coaching staff. Parker, who spent the past four seasons with the Northwestern University football program, will serve as a defensive assistant. Parker will coach the Leopard safeties in 2014 under the tutelage of defensive backs coach Doug McFadden and first-year defensive coordinator Art Link. Parker joined the Northwestern staff in the summer of 2010, and was named the defensive graduate assistant coach in Feb. 2012. Parker spent the first two seasons with Northwestern as a recruiting assistant before being elevated to a graduate assistant position. As a recruiting assistant, Parker designed and maintained the football team's social media sites, managed the recruiting database and helped organize recruiting trips and visits. A native of Lake Bluff Ill., Parker attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. During his time at Kenyon he was a four-year letterwinner in football and tennis, playing quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for the Lords. Parker earned his bachelor's degree from Kenyon in 2010, completed his master's degree in Sports Administration at Northwestern in 2012 and is working toward a second master's degree in liberal studies at the Big 10 school in Evanston, Ill. Parker currently lives in Easton with his wife, Christine.
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