Head Throws Coach
Mary Parker is in her first season as the Throws Coach at Trinity Lutheran College. She comes to Trinity having enjoyed remarkable success at every turn in both her competitive and coaching careers. She joins the first year Track & Field program at Trinity for its inaugural 2014 season – a familiar position for the coach who brought throws back to Everett Community College (Evcc) after a 25-year hiatus. Parker’s first two recruits, Hunter Hammer and Janell Alyea, were standouts at EvCC under her tutelage and they will set the tone for Trinity’s throws program that Parker has already begun to build.
For the past three years, Parker had been the Head Throws Coach at Everett Community College. In 2011, EvCC’s distance only program expanded to incorporate the full compliment of track events. It took very little time for the throws to become the strength of that program. In the first season the group produced two All-American athletes and an All-Conference athlete. The following year saw her group produce its first NWAACC Champion when Janell Alyea took the event with her first throw, an impressive in 43.50m (142’ 8.5”). That team produced three All-Americans and two more All-Conference performers. The 2013 team led with by a strong freshman class produced an All-American and two more All-Conference performers. The throws were a strength of the team in every season with Parker at EvCC.
Parker began her coaching career at the high school level when in 2004 she became the throws coach at Pleasant Hill High School in Oregon while training for the 2004 Olympic Trials. After the Trials, she moved back to Snohomish County where she and her husband Tom Parker currently reside, in Lake Stevens. Parker continued her coaching career at Snohomish High School, where she coached for two seasons before transitioning to Glacier Peak High School, where she coached for four seasons. A remarkably large number of the athletes Parker worked with at the high school level continued to throw as collegiate athletes.
Before embarking on her coaching career, Parker enjoyed an enormously successful individual career as a thrower. She competed at Snohomish High School where she was a two-time WIAA 4A State Champion in the Discus (1998 and 1999) and won the Shot in 1998. A multi-sport athlete, Parker was the goalkeeper for the 1997 Snohomish women’s soccer team that won the WIAA AAA State Title. She threw at the University of Oregon, where she eared her Bachelor’s Degree in General Science. She was a four-time Pac-10 Championship Qualifier, a four-time NCAA Championship Qualifier. She was an NCAA All-American in the Discus in 2000 and 2002. parker competed at the 2004 US Olympic Trials and at the USA Outdoor National Championships in 2002 and 2003.