by Panthers’ Sports Information Department
PHOTO GALLERY | Virginia Union University has announced that Alvin Parker, PhD, will be the 27th Head Coach in the history of the VUU Football Program.
Dr. Parker served as offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Virginia Union for five successful seasons. At VUU, Dr. Parker was part of a program that played in the 2000, 2001 and 2003 CIAA title games.
The Panthers won three CIAA Eastern Division crowns, one CIAA title and played in the 2001 Pioneer Bowl. During his time at VUU, Dr. Parker coached André Braxton, the CIAA’s all-time leading rusher and single season touchdown scorer. Braxton won the Alonzo “Jake” Gaither Award as the top black college football player.
“Dr. Parker won CIAA championships here at VUU as a player and later as an assistant coach under Willard Bailey,” said Virginia Union Athletic Director Joe Taylor. “He also won CIAA championships as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Elizabeth City State University. While experiencing success on the field, he has earned his undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. An accomplishment that few football coaches in America have obtained.”
During his collegiate playing days at VUU, Dr.