Adam Parker takes over a Jackson High School softball program with plenty of returning starters from a team that advanced to an OHSAA district final.
Jackson High School will have a new softball coach this coming season when it looks to build on last spring's success.
The Jackson Local Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Adam Parker as the head softball coach. He replaces Laura Cheyney, who resigned after two seasons to spend more time with her family, which includes two young children.
“Having watched the Jackson Polar Bears softball program from afar, I am familiar with the players and their work ethic, and I am eager to work with this talented team,” Parker said in a statement released by Jackson.
Parker thanked the Jackson administration in the statement and shared his expectations.
“We want to have a disciplined program, but we also want to foster an environment that promotes learning and create opportunities for the team to have fun and make memories," he said. "One of the best parts about a new beginning is we all start with a clean slate. We are inheriting a strong program that is ready to flourish and grow in the coming years and I look forward to starting that process this week."
Parker is a 2001 Tuslaw High School graduate where he played baseball for four seasons and earned All-Pac-7 honors. He then pitched in college at John Carroll where he was a four-year letter winner.
Parker has been an assistant coach at Dalton and Louisville high schools. He is a director of youth markets for the American Heart Association.
“We are fortunate to find someone with Adam’s coaching experience, and more importantly, his ability to relate to players,” Jackson High School Athletics Director Jeff Kracker said in a statement. “We are grateful for the work Coach Cheyney put into our program and we believe Coach Parker is getting a program with a strong foundation. Adam has very detail-oriented organizational skills as he expressed a clear plan and continued approach to building our program.
“Adam’s coaching experience, coupled with his work as director of youth markets for the American Heart Association, prepares him for taking over our program and growing it to the next level."