“It’s an honor to be recognized,” Parks said. “It shows the hard work of the coaching staff and the athletes. The award belongs to the entire program.”
Member coaches voted for those honors after the 2022 NCAA DI Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded in Birmingham, Alabama, but considered performances at the two meeting as well as during the regular season.
Parks received the award another time in her career, being named Great Lakes Region Female Coach of the Year in 2018. In her 12th year leading the Eastern Michigan Women’s Program, Parks led his team to its fifth Mid-American Conference title. , thanks to seven first places.
After a successful cross country season in which the EMU men’s cross country team won their third straight Mid-American Conference Championship, Parks helped guide the men’s indoor track team towards their second consecutive league crown. In conference play, Eastern outscored Akron, 166-156, on Feb. 27, underscored by 77 points from the Eagles’ yardage team. After the win, Parks was named MAC Men’s Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
The indoor season continued as a graduate student Taige Bryant (Edmond, Okla.-Edmond Memorial) and junior Newlyn Stephenson (Gary, Ind.-Thea Bowman Leadership Academy) qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in shot put. At the national meet, Bryant earned first-team All-American honors after finishing sixth with a throw of 22.21m. Stephenson produced a deadlift of 21.52m for eleventh place, earning him second-team All-American status.
With the indoor season now over for the East, the Eagles will turn their attention outdoors. The first outdoor meet is scheduled for March 24-26 at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State University. Meanwhile, other Green and Yellow members will travel to Coral Gables, Florida for the University of Miami’s Hurricane Collegiate Invitational on March 26. The meeting time is set at 10:30 a.m. , keep checking EMUEagles.com or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @EMUXC_TF.