Parker stepping down from Sussex Central Athletic Director/Trainer positions

GEORGETOWN – Stability, Sussex Central Athletic Director and Trainer Brian Parker acknowledges, is paramount to success in prep sports.

For six years he has brought that stability to the AD position at Central following what was once a revolving door at the post.

But the hours required of athletic directors and trainers are grueling, and with a young family at home, Parker recently decided it was time for a change.

After six years as Sussex Central's athletic director and trainer, Brian Parker is stepping down. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

After six years as Sussex Central’s athletic director and trainer, Brian Parker is stepping down. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Effective at the end of the school year, the Central alum will stepdown from both positions.

“You evaluate things as you go, and as the family starts to change its dynamic, you start to look at those things and how you feel with the job going forward,” Parker said. “Mainly it’s the time commitment that it puts on you, and I just felt like now was a good time to try to cut back on that and spend more time with my family. It certainly has nothing to do with the job or school, it just feels like the right time.

“I’ve been doing athletic training ever since college, some 15 years, and I really enjoy that,” he continued. “Athletic director was something new to me, and you just hope to be able to make positive influences on the players and coaches.”

While Parker, like his Indian River counterpart Todd Fuhrmann, held both positions concurrently, Sussex Central is currently posting them separately.

That, Sussex Central Principal Bradley Layfield said, could change if the right situation presents itself.

“As you can imagine it’s extremely hard to find someone who has the qualifications to be both, but should the same person apply for both it’s something we would entertain,” said Layfield, himself a former Central Athletic Director from 2003-’07.

Hiring an AD is the top priority of the two based on the requirements of the position.

“The postings close (Thursday). So, we’d like to do interviews next week, and our Board of Education meeting this month is May 18. If everything falls into line perfectly, I’d like to give a name or two to the board for their consideration on the 18th,” Layfield said. “Athletic director is the bigger priority, as that comes with leadership roles, filling out coaching staffs for the fall and things of that nature. Athletic trainer is important as well to keep the kids safe, but Brian’s still in place through the end of this spring, so as long as we have a qualified candidate in place by this fall we’re good.”

Six years ago when Parker, who hopes to stay in the district as a physical education and/or health teacher, came back to Central to take over as AD, he wasn’t sure what to expect. The job, in fact, was admittedly a little overwhelming at first.

Help he received from the administration, as well as Fuhrmann, aided in the transition.

“What’s been the great thing about being here is the people I’ve worked with and for,” Parker said. “Bradley, Todd and several other people have always been more than willing to help whenever they could.”

The admiration is mutual.

“I’ve been more than pleased with Brian, he’s done a fabulous job,” Layfield said. “Quite frankly I think he did a better job in the position than when I was athletic director.”

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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