Gerad Parker / Notre Dame Tight End Coach

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

Gerad Parker begins his first season at Notre Dame coaching the Irish tight ends, an important position that’s been a launching pad for multiple players into the NFL. Parker arrives from West Virginia and replaces John McNulty, who moved on to become the offensive coordinator at Boston College.

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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