Saint Leo, Fla. (August 14, 2008) - In introducing his new coaching staff on Thursday, Saint Leo University Baseball Coach Russ McNickle welcomed former Mississippi State catcher Lee Parks to his staff.  He will be in charge of developing the Lions’ catchers and outfielders and to also help spark the Saint Leo offense.

Parks comes to Saint Leo after three years of scouting for the Texas Rangers.  During this stint he was also an instructor for the Virginia Baseball Academy in Hampton, VA where he helped develop catchers and hitters.

A four-year letterwinner at Mississippi State, the switch-hitting catcher helped lead the Bulldogs to a College World Series berth in 1998 and a Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship in 2001.

“I could not be happier with the addition of Lee to our coaching staff, “said McNickle.  “I know his passion to teach the game and his ability working with players.  He is highly motivated and his knowledge of the game is something this program and our players will benefit from daily.  After coaching him in college and seeing his work ethic as a player, I knew that he would be the right fit for the plan here at Saint Leo.  I am blessed to have him as part of our coaching staff.”

After finishing his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State in 2002, Parks went on to receive his MBA while working as a graduate assistant at MSU.  After graduate school he served as assistant general manager for the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Coastal Plain League.

The 1997 graduate of Nansemond River High School was born on April 4, 1979 in Portsmouth, VA and currently resides in Land O’Lakes.