Jim Parker has many fond memories of his time at Western, both as a student-athlete and coach.
“The high demand put on me in my studies and athletics transferred over to my teaching and coaching,” Parker says. “I demanded the same from my students and athletes. If I could do it, so could they.”
As an athlete, Parker won a number of medals as well as a member of the Mustang relay teams. His specialty was the 440-yard hurdles, for which he won Ontario Conference Championship gold twice and silver the other two years. He also won a gold medal in 1966 in the indoor Canadian Interuniversity Sport, where he set the Western and Canadian record.
Shortly after graduating from Western, Parker began his coaching career at the Western as the men’s rugby speed coach and was the longest-serving assistant coach (for track and field) at Western before retiring in 2005, after almost 35 years of service.
Parker will never forget the comradery of his teammates, both as an athlete and coach. His best memories are of watching the athletes grow and mature, as many of them became Canadian champions – and some even became Olympians.
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