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Tavani Adds Parker to Coaching Staff

McNeil Parker

March 5, 2014

EASTON, Pa. - McNeil Parker, who has spent the past four seasons with the Northwestern University football program, has joined the Lafayette coaching staff as a defensive assistant.

"McNeil's background as a student-athlete at Kenyon and then as a coach at Northwestern makes him a valued addition to our program," Tavani said. "He came highly recommended by Bob Heffner (the superbacks coach at Northwestern and former Lafayette defensive coordinator) and Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern head coach). We know that he shares our championship vision and understands what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at institutions that place a priority on academics."

Parker, who replaces Tim Nish, will coach the Leopard cornerbacks 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 Quality Control coach in February 2012. Parker spent the first two seasons with Northwestern as a recruiting assistant before being elevated to the 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.