Former UK wide receiver Gerad Parker is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater.
Parker will work with the offense, with his duties including analysis of opponent film, preparing scouting reports, conducting "self scout" of UK tendencies, overseeing the defensive scout team, and assisting with on-campus recruiting. He also will help coach the Wildcat wide receivers.
Parker spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Raceland (Ky.) High School, guiding the receivers and defensive backs. In Parker's first season at Raceland, the Rams went 7-4 and reached the state playoffs in Class A. In 2006, the Rams improved to 11-2 and advanced to the third round (quarterfinals) of the playoffs.
Parker was a four-year letterman for Kentucky (2001-04). His best season came as a senior when he caught 15 passes for 168 yards. Having overcome numerous injuries during his career, his teammates voted him UK's Most Inspirational Player following his senior year. Also an outstanding student, Parker was a three-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and in 2004 was voted second-team Academic All-District IV by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was selected for the Frank G. Ham Society of Character by UK Athletics.
After his playing career, Parker stayed on as a UK graduate assistant for spring practice in 2005 before accepting the coaching and teaching position at Raceland. Having already completed his bachelor's degree in secondary education and his master's in teaching, Parker plans to work on another master's degree or get additional teaching certifications during his new term at Kentucky.
Born in Huntington, W. Va., Parker became the all-time leading receiver in Kentucky history at Lawrence County High School with 238 career receptions, 4,814 yards and 52 touchdowns.
He is married to the former Kandi Brown, who was an all-state basketball player and member of the 2000 West Carter High School state champion team.