Carl Parker, is currently in his 5th year as Sandy Spring Friends Head Men’s Basketball Coach. In his short time at Sandy Spring Friends, Carl has led the Beests to a yet another record-breaking season and regional recognition competing against WCAC, MAC, and IAC opponents. Carl has orchestrated the best season in 36 years with the 2018 Regular Season Championship and 2018 PVAC Tournament Championship banners and the first undefeated season record in school history (23-0).
Carl grew up in New York City playing high school basketball at Northeastern Academy and later went on to play college basketball at Columbia Union College where he simultaneously ran a summer basketball camp for kids. It was his experience as a team member of the NCAA Division II Basketball and Track teams that forever forged the basis of his philosophy on character, integrity, discipline, and spiritual intelligence.
From 1994-1995, Carl accepted his first position as Assistant Coach for the Division II women's basketball team at Columbia Union College. After college Carl began working in the tech industry as a software consultant for Fortune 500 companies– all while coaching Takoma Academy Tigers Varsity Basketball.
Carl returned to coaching full-time as a high school Athletic Director and Varsity Head Coach from 2003-2011. He was later hired as the Director of Basketball Performance and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Washington Adventist University and helped lead the Shock to the 2013 USCAA National Championship.
A kid from the Bronx, Coach Parker resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with his beautiful wife, Sarah, and their five children: Imani, Mecca, Malakai, Luke and Hunter.
“Coach Parker is a phenomenal leader of young men, on and off the court. His knowledge of the game and dedication to his players is unparalleled. Truly a great coach.”
“Coach Parker’s…years of experience coaching kids at various levels clearly shows. I recommend him very highly.”
“Coach Parker’s ability to train an athlete’s mind and body is a spectacular thing to watch. His basketball intelligence and resume speaks for itself with championships on every level he has coached.”
“My son really enjoyed Coach Parker’s combination of skills training and fun at his clinics.”
“My daughter has grown to enjoy the game at the same time learning great techniques.”
“As a family we have trusted our three boys to Coach Parker and his team of coaches and are very happy with their development.”
“Carl is an innovator when it comes to basketball training. What he did for our players took our program to another level. His ability to mix physical and mental skill development is matched by no one in the DMV area.”