This week Berea introduced Frank Parks as their new head football coach. He replaces Tony Degregorio who served as one season as head coach.
“Coach Parks comes to us with years of experience from several successful football programs,” Athletics Director Jerry Bingham said in a news release. “During his coaching career, he has been a part of two regional finals and several district championships.”
Parks was head coach at Bryan Station High School in Lexington from 2012-2019. During his time with the Defenders, he guided Bryan Station to a 35-55 record, including back-to-back 7-5 seasons in 2014 and 2015. He was named Kentucky Football Coaches Association District Coach of the Year in 2014. Coach Parks started his coaching career in 2001 at East Jessamine and had coached at Madison Central for seven seasons before going to Bryan Station as defensive coordinator for two seasons before becoming head coach. After leaving Bryan Station Parks returned to his alma mater where he served one season under Mark Scenters.
Coach Parks told WBONTV “I have thought for a while that Berea had the potential to be a successful football program. After speaking with the administration I felt we were in alignment with our expectations and goals. I believe this is extremely important when it comes to building and running a program. I think the team has a group of student-athletes who are eager to have success and willing to put in the work to get it. I think there are some very good athletes the staff and I will have the chance to develop.”
Frank played at Madison Central before joining Georgetown College football where he would earn 1st All American honors in 1999. He is 2nd all time at Georgetown in interceptions with 9. He returned 4 for touchdowns which is an NAIA record for touchdowns.