Alton hires David Parker as new football coach

    GODFREY – Alton High School has announced the hiring of David Parker as his new head football coach.

    “We had some excellent candidates,’ Alton High athletic director Chris Kusnerick said, “and we feel the background Coach Parker can bring to the table with his experience as a long-time coach in the St. Louis metro area as well as his extensive experience in education really stood out.

    “He really impressed the interview committee with his passion for the success of student-athletes and also the game of the football along with his ability to create connections with students in and out of the classroom.”

    Parker most recently served the past season as a volunteer varsity assistant football coach at Marquette Catholic High School.

    Previously, he was an assistant football coach at St. Louis University High School and Webster Groves High School. He helped lead Hazelwood East High School, as their defensive coordinator, to a Missouri Class 5A state football championship in 2008.

    Parker replaces Eric Dickerson, who stepped down in December as head coach after seven years.

    Parker works for the Riverview Gardens School District as an RTI Attendance/Behavioral Interventionist. He is a graduate of McCluer High School as well as Harris Stowe State College and North Central University.

    “Coach Parker has loads of enthusiasm for young people and wants to see them become successful adults,” Kusnerick said, “and football is a great way for him to bridge that gap on their road to future success.

    “We are very excited to have Coach Parker work with our student-athletes this spring and summer and look forward to seeing Redbird football next fall under his direction”

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