Johnny Parker was born in Greenville, South Carolina and raised in Shaw, Mississippi, Coach Parker graduated from Shaw High School, where he was a member of both the football and track teams. Coach Parker then went onto Ole Miss. He graduated in 1968 and took his first coaching job shortly thereafter. Coach Parker was hired by the University of South Carolina in 1974 and was there until 1977 when he went to Indiana University where he became the first strength and conditioning coach in the Big Ten. In 1980 he was hired by Louisiana State University. He then returned to his Alma Mater, Ole Miss, where he stayed until 1984. His career in the NFL began in 1984 when he became the strength and conditioning coach for the New York Giants. Parker’s strength and conditioning program undoubtedly helped this team to what many consider to be the Giants’ “greatest season ever” in 1986, which resulted in the dramatic Super Bowl win against the Denver Broncos, followed by another Super Bowl win four years later over the Buffalo Bills. Parker’s role as strength and conditioning coach contributed significantly to the Giants’ tradition of excellence, for which they are still known today. In 1993 he was hired by the New England Patriots, assisting Coach Bill Parcells in launching a new era of Patriot football, which resulted in a Super Bowl appearance and back-to-back AFC titles. In 2002 he returned to the NFL to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helping the team earn its first Super Bowl appearance. After the 2003 season Coach Parker returned to the private sector. In 2005 Coach was hired by the San Francisco 49ers, where he ended his illustrious career after 3 seasons retiring in 2008. Now Coach Parker can be found at Fortitude Fitness getting athletes faster and stronger for their sports seasons.
- Master’s Degree from Delta University
- Three Super Bowl Championship – 1986 Giants, 1990 Giants, 2003 Buccaneers
- Professional Football Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society Super Bowl Achievement Award 1994
- USA Strength & Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame (2003)