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Former Rocky Mountain College AD Bruce Parker selected to NACDA Hall of Fame

Posted at 1:05 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 17:01:45-04
(RMC Athletics photo)

CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has announced that former Rocky Mountain College athletic director Bruce Parker will be inducted to its 2019 Hall of Fame class.

Parker served RMC’s A.D. from 2014 to 2018. He still works as a consultant for Rocky and has been involved with Montana collegiate athletics for nearly four decades.

Parker was selected as the NACDA/Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2009, 2012, and 2018. He served as a member of NACDA’s National Executive Committee for five years.

A nine-time Frontier Conference Athletic Director of the Year, Parker was inducted to the NAIA’s most recent Hall of Fame class last month in Florida.

Throughout his decorated career, he served as a member and former president of the NAIA Athletics Director’s Association (ADA) Board of Directors. He worked on the NAIA’s National Administrative Council and was named to the NAIA National Strategic Planning Council and the NAIA National Marketing Committee.

During his time at Rocky, Parker was instrumental in the renovation of Herb Klindt Field and was a driving force in establishing Billings as a host site for the NAIA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Tournament. He notably worked on the corporate sponsorship program and helped develop the athletic staff.

Prior to his years at Rocky, Parker served as director of athletics for Carroll College in Helena helping establish eight athletic programs, hosting several NAIA national football playoff games, and set records in attendance to athletic events and corporate fundraising. He presided over an unprecedented run of six national football championships at Carroll.

A 1979 graduate of Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings), Parker opened his career as associate athletic director and sports information director at Montana State University, a position he held for 22 years.

He lives with his wife, Lisa, and is the father of adult sons Brett and Ryan.

Parker will receive his award on June 12 during NACDA’s 54th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.