Mesa High football coach Dennis Parker is not leaving the Jackrabbits for Brownsville, Texas. He is, however, departing for Seguin, Texas., to be a college coach again.
Parker told Mesa High’s administration and his team Monday he has accepted the job as head coach at Texas Lutheran, an NCAA Division III school about 35 miles east of San Antonio.
Parker, 56, verbally agreed to take the job, but was waiting Monday to receive final terms of his deal which he expects to be a multi-year contract. Parker and his wife, Merry, lived in Seguin for three years when Parker coached at Converse Judson, where the school won a state title.
It’s a loss for the Jackrabbits, who in three seasons under Parker had climbed the ladder to a playoff caliber team. Mesa was 3-7 in Parker’s first season in 2004, 5-5 in 2005 and posted a 7-4 mark in 2006. The Jackrabbits earned the school’s first postseason berth since 2000 in 2006, falling in the first round to Tucson Salpointe.
The chance to return to Texas was too good to turn down for Parker, particularly at the college level. Parker had interviewed a week earlier in Brownsville, Texas., where he left the door open to returning to high school ball in Texas as coach and athletic director at (Gladys) Porter High.
Parker previously coached Texas high school state championship teams at Marshall and Converse Judson, while his college stops included University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State) and Southeast Missouri University.