Saint Leo Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy named Martin Parkes the acting head coach for the nationally recognized Saint Leo University men's tennis program on October 26, 2013.
Parkes, who has served as a graduate assistant coach for the program since August of 2013, take over a nationally ranked tennis team that has visited the regional tournament three times each in as many years.
Parkes, who volunteered with the Lions' programs for two years as an assistant coach prior to becoming full-time, is not new to the coaching sphere. He brings over 15 years of coaching experience to the program, most recently serving as the Saddlebrook International Tennis Academy Team head coach, where he worked with numerous top world ranking juniors.
During his coaching career Parkes acted as personal coach or applied mental skills coach for ATP and WTA players including, Jonathan Marray (2012 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion), Ross Connolly, and Heidi El Tabakh.
Parkes made an impact on the court as a player as he competed at Division I Campbell University, before graduating in 2004. He was tabbed the team’s captain and most valuable player en route to a 43-15 record in 2003-04. He also climbed to as high as No.60 in the NCAA doubles rankings during the 2002-03 season.
In the late 1990’s, Parkes garnered early career success as a nationally ranked junior then he spent time on the ATP Futures Tour, as well as the British Tour, the German League, and Wimbledon Pre-Qualifying events.
In addition, Parkes worked as a freelance performance coach with the Lawn Tennis Association National training center in Yorkshire (2003-06), at the Ilkley Tennis Club, the David Lloyd Leisure Club and the Heaton Tennis Club (1999-2006). He also spent two seasons (1999-2001) as the Leeds University women's tennis head coach gaining valuable experience to help fellow coach Sarah Summerfield on the women’s side.
Parkes carries a bachelors of science in both Psychology and Exercise Science, in addition owns a USTA P-1 coaching qualification and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist CSCS.
Parkes currently resides in New Tampa Fla.