Isaac Parker named head coach of Bearcat football

by University Communications,

  • Isaac Parker ’02
    Isaac Parker ’02 will start his new role Dec. 5.

Double alumnus is also former team captain and all-conference player.

Isaac Parker '02, MAT'05 has been named Willamette’s new head football coach.

Since 2015, he has been offensive coordinator for Lewis & Clark University’s football team, after three seasons as head football coach at McNary High School in Keizer, Oregon.

Parker also brings recruiting and player-development experience to the role.

“We are very excited to have Isaac returning to Willamette to lead our football program,” says Rob Passage, director of intercollegiate athletics. “Not only does he bring outstanding teaching and coaching experience, he also adds a tremendous passion for building community within the program, the university and Salem.”

As an undergraduate, Parker was a member of Willamette’s 1999 Northwest Conference championship football team and participated in the NCAA D3 National Playoffs. A two-time team captain, he also received all-NWC honors twice during his career. 

“I experienced a Willamette University that was formative for me in my life,” Parker says. “The summation of my experiences at Willamette — in the classroom, on the football field, in the campus community and in the community of Salem — molded me to be ready for life.”

Parker continues, “In a way, Willamette’s motto, ‘Not unto ourselves alone are we born,’ reinforced my Hawaiian-cultured upbringing, which was to build ‘ohana’, family, wherever I go.”

Parker starts his new role on Dec. 5.

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