Notre Dame introduces Gerad Parker as Offensive Coordinator
SOUTH BEND, Ind -- Notre Dame football promotes Gerad Parker as their next offensive coordinator.
Gerad Parker was hired as the tight end coach by Marcus Freeman just one year ago when, Freeman was named head coach. Fast forward to Monday, parker will resume the same duties he had as the offensive coordinator at West Virginia from 2020-2021.
Parker has been an offensive minded coach, since his days as a wide receiver at Kentucky.
He started his coaching career in 2005, eventually landing at West Virginia as the OC for two years and improving the Mountaineers' offense in several categories, including first downs and third down conversions.
Before that, Parker and Freeman spent time on the same sideline, coaching at Purdue and Cincinnati together, which played into Feeman’s trust to bring him to Notre Dame.
The Irish offense ranked 60th last year, so there is definitely room for improvement.
But seeing what Parker was able to do in his first year at Notre Dame, with tight end and All-American Michael Mayer, it’s no surprise parker already has plans of what he envisions for this season.
"We want our guides to take care of the football, we want them to have effort with physicality. They want them to play with great details and make our plays work. The thing that we know we are built in is we want to be built, o-line, driven. And we're going to be built from inside out with what we have returning up front. And with our running backs and tight ends to be able to control a box. That's where it always has to start," Parker said.