Class: 1971Inducted: 2016
Stan Parker was an all-around athlete in high school. He played Freshman, J.V. and Varsity football as a 9th grader. Stan was a 3-year starter on the Varsity football team. He was a 3-year starter on the Varsity basketball team. And as a sophomore, Stan was the starting catcher on the Varsity baseball team. Stan also gave up baseball to concentrate on his first love—football. Stan’s hard work paid off. He was named to the first team all shore and various All-County teams. He was a New York Daily News first team selection.
Stan received scholarship offers from Purdue University, Minnesota University, Illinois University, Delaware State University and North Carolina A&T University among others. He accepted a full scholarship to Purdue University. During his freshman year at Purdue, Stan started as defensive tackle on the Boilermaker Freshman Team. Sophomore year, he backed up All American defensive tackle Dave Butz, who later became a first round draft pick for the St. Louis Cardinals. Stan started as a defensive tackle during his Junior and Senior years at Purdue. Both years he placed 3rd in tackles.
Stan’s senior year highlights at Purdue include: (1) An upset of the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame, 31-20. During this game, Stan had a tipped pass that led to a touchdown. At the time, the University of Notre Dame was the reigning National Champs (1973); and (2) Against Northwestern University, Stan had two drive-stopping turnovers. The first was an interception that kept Northwestern University from scoring and the other was a fumble recovery. For these efforts, Stan was named "Midwest Lineman of the Week." Stan had a free agent tryout with the San Francisco 49ers in 1974. Things didn’t go as planned, so he returned to Purdue to complete his degree in physical education.
After graduating from Purdue in 1976, with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Stan began his education career as a Physical Education and Health teacher at Freehold Boro High School. During his 33 years at Freehold Boro High School, Stan has coached football, basketball and baseball. Currently, he is the Assistant Coach for girls’ field hockey, and in 2010 and 2011, his teams attained Group 3 State Championships. He coached these two State Championship teams, as well as a 2-time All American in the sport of Field Hockey, a game he never played!
Stan has been with the Freehold High School District as a Teacher and Coach for 39 years and has been married to Sheryle Parker for 28 years. They have two daughters, Erika Parker, Age 29, and Lavana Parker, Age 26; he has a sister, Sandra Parker and a Mother-in-Law, Deloris Bowman.
Stan’s quote is: "There is no sorry, just getter done!"