Matt Parker named Eastern athletic director and head baseball coach
Coach Matt Parker and his wife, Lindsey
WILBURTON, OK (May 22, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College has named Matt Parker as the new athletic director and head coach of Mountaineer Baseball. Parker spent the past seven years as head coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) where he led the Eagles to six 40-win seasons and a 325-111 overall record.
“I am honored to become the head baseball coach at Eastern and build on the successful tradition of this program,” Parker said. “As athletic director, I look forward to working with Eastern’s coaches and student-athletes to achieve our goals and excel both inside and outside the classroom.”
The OKWU Eagles finished this season with a 53-8 overall record, winning the Regular Season Conference Championship and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. OKWU missed making its second-consecutive trip to the NAIA World Series with a loss in the Regional finals.
Under Parker’s leadership, OKWU won four conference championships, three conference tournament championships, two regional championships and made two appearances in the NAIA World Series, finishing in third place in 2014. He was named Conference Coach of the Year in 2012, 2017 and 2018. In addition to his coaching duties, Parker has served as the assistant athletic director for three years.
“Coach Parker has a proven record of success at Oklahoma Wesleyan University,” said Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith. “We are excited for the opportunity to bring in someone with Matt’s qualifications to ensure we put our athletic programs in the best position to be successful and move forward in a positive direction.”
Prior to coaching at OKWU, Parker served as an assistant coach at California Baptist University, Garden City Community College and Henderson State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lyon College and a master’s degree in sports administration from Henderson State University.
Parker and his wife, Lindsey, are the parents of seven-month-old twins, Cortland and Charleigh.