With the upcoming National Championship Game in which Clemson is playing, many locals have football on their minds. While we will be getting ready for the big game, it is important to acknowledge the passing of one of Clemson’s former coaches.
As was reported in the Anderson Independent Mail, “Jimmy “Red” Parker, the head coach of Clemson’s football team from 1973-76, died Monday at age 84.”
The coach had recently fallen ill and was often in the hospital “due to heart complications, according to the Saline Courier.”
Parker coached for four seasons and had a record of 17-25-2 with a 7-4 record in 1974, which put the team in a tie for second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference during the year.
In four seasons at Clemson, Parker’s overall record was 17-25-2. His most successful season at Clemson came in 1974 when he led the Tigers to a 7-4 record — including wins in all six of their home games — and a tie for second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. “Red” also helped recruit several players including Steve Fuller, Jerry Butler and the Bostic brothers – Joe and Jeff.
Parker had an illustrious coaching career that started in 1953 at Fordyce High School and ended in 1998 at Ouachita Baptist University. Both schools are in Arkansas. However, he also coached at Harmony Grove High School in Benton, Ark. where he coached from 2010-2015.
We are sure that our local community will miss him as well the lives he touched while he was here.
By Jason Michaels
Picture used from The Official Website of Clemson University Athletics
Additional information used from the Anderson Independent Mail as linked above