Lee Parks, who joined the Saint Leo family in June of 2008, is entering his 6th year as a member of the Lions' baseball coaching staff. He continues to lead the Lions recruiting efforts and serve as the Lions’ hitting and catching coach.
Since Parks began in 2008, the Lions' offense has been near the top of the conference in all major offensive categories. In 2013, the team finished with a .318 team batting average while finishing at the top of the conference in hits and doubles. The team's .318 average placed 2nd in the conference as well as a second place finish in team slugging percentage, team on base percentage, and runs scored.
Proving Parks’ ability as an experienced catching coach, former Lions’ catcher Daniel Torres was drafted in the 20th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2013 June Amateur draft. Torres, who had previously been drafted in the 47th round out of high school, developed under Parks' system and was recognized as one of the nations top catching talents by being the first catcher selected by the Mariners in the 2013 MLB Draft. Torres has since spent time in at 3 different levels of the Mariners minor league system.
As recruiting coordinator, Parks is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the southeast region and has a proven ability to identify talent and successfully bring them to the Saint Leo family. He has had success recruiting 3 former MLB draft picks to Saint Leo and has made the Saint Leo Baseball program a place where high caliber baseball players look to continue their career.
In 5 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Saint Leo, Parks has coached 3 SSC Conference Freshmen of the year, 12 All- SSC Selections, 2 All-South region selections, 1 NCBWA All-American and 2 Major League Draft picks.
Coach Parks came to Saint Leo after spending 3 years as a scout in the Texas Rangers organization, as well as some time working in the New York Yankees Player Development department. Prior to his time in professional baseball, he was a 4 year letter-winner as a catcher at Mississippi State University on teams that advanced to the College World Series in 1998 and won a Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship in 2001.
After finishing his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State in 2002, Parks went on to receive his MBA while working as a graduate assistant in sports marketing 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 and is married to former Amanda Ellen White of Oxford, Mississippi.
The Parks’ family welcomed their daughter, Carson Ellen Parks, in December of 2012, and the family currently resides in Dade City.