Gerad Parker / Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator & TE Coach

  • HOMETOWN: Louisa, KY
  • YEARS AT NOTRE DAME: 2022-present
  • ALMA MATER: Kentucky

Gerad Parker begins his first season as Notre Dame Offensive Coordinator after serving as the Irish tight ends coach during Marcus Freeman’s first season as head coach. He replaces Tommy Rees who left Notre Dame in the spring of 2023 for the same role at Alabama. Parker arrived to South Bend from West Virginia and originally replaced John McNulty, who moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Boston College in 2022.

Parker’s arrival makes the second time that he and Marcus Freeman have been part of the same staff, with the previous instances taking place at Purdue. Freeman got a glimpse of Parker’s potential and is expecting his new hire to make an immediate impact.

After playing collegiately at Kentucky, Parker spent two years coaching at the high school level before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant. Then, he spent the next three years at UT-Martin, first as running backs coach, followed by two years as receivers coach as well as the passing game coordinator.

Two seasons at Marshall for Parker in 2011 and 2012 were followed by a four-year stretch at Purdue. That workload consisted of two years tutoring the Boilermakers’ tight ends and two more years with the wide receiver. That culminated with Parker serving as interim head coach for the final six games in 2016.

Parker and Freeman moved on briefly to the University of Cincinnati in 2017 before Parker then shifted to joining Duke’s staff that year for the next two seasons. One year at Penn State was followed by the past two seasons at West Virginia as the Mountaineers’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

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