Coach Parker honored as an 'everyday hero'
Humble and playful in his demeanor, Coach Travis Parker has over 38 years of coaching experience at Cosumnes River College. He retired from coaching in 2003, but has coached a variety of sports including soccer, track and field and cross-country.
Parker has recently won the 2011 American Federation of Teacher's everyday hero award.
"I feel blessed," Parker said. "I am the fourth best coach in my family and I have won the most awards."
Parker has contributed to many of CRC's campus developments. He has started the first study hall for athletes in the Physical Education department and he established the Alpha Academy program for young males.
The Alpha Academy Program provides youth with skills to help them further their education.
"He is very involved with the community," said assistant coach Charles Wilder, who has known Parker for over 14 years. "He believes in progress not only for the students in athletics but for their progress in school."
Modest in his accomplishments, Parker even provided documentations of his family achievements.
"My youngest daughter is a math resource teacher in Washington D.C.," Parker said. "So she teaches teachers how to teach."
The athleticism gene runs in the family.
"My wife and oldest daughter are soccer coaches as well," Parker said.
Born in Stockton, but raised in Sacramento, Parker credits his family for giving him the support he needed to thrive in his goals.
Although his parents didn't finish school, Parker said they encouraged him to achieve his goals.
"I didn't come from a wealthy family but I came from a caring family," Parker said. Parker also said his mother and father were involved in his academics.
"If you don't know where you came from, you don't know who you can be," said Parker, emphasizing the importance history has on the youth.
Parker knew he wanted to be a coach and has won numerous awards in coaching. He has also been inducted into the California Community College Hall of Fame.
Despite retiring from coaching, Parker still helps students with sports and academics. He currently teaches boot camp fitness, contemporary problems of student athletes and academic study for student athletes.
Parker said the most rewarding aspect of his job is to see people improve.
"Sometimes it's physical, sometimes it's life lessons," Parker said.
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