Category: athletics


The Next-Level Lancer

It’s a sunny fall afternoon on Lauer Field and Upper School student-athletes are hard at work in one of the final sessions of the Next- Level Lancer program for the first trimester.

The students are alternating between relays and conditioning drills, careful to maintain a six-foot distance to adhere to the School’s health and safety protocols. Parker Athletic Trainer Niki Dehner is keeping time on a stopwatch while also shouting encouragement to the teenage athletes.

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Stephen Cooper named next Parker Football head coach

Linda Vista, Calif. – Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper has been selected as the next head football coach at Francis Parker School, the School announced Monday. 

Stephen comes to Parker after spending four seasons as a linebackers and defensive coach at San Diego High School, where he helped the Cavers win both a CIF championship and a Division 5-A state title in 2018. He has also been active in youth football for the past decade––formerly as a coach with the Balboa Raiders Youth Football and Cheer organization and currently with the San Diego Bolts in Grossmont. 

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A Dream Come True

Ever since he was a little kid, Kimo Ferrari has dreamed of playing college basketball.

Earlier this week, that dream became reality when the CIF All-San Diego Section First Team guard accepted an offer to play at Brown University this fall.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” says Kimo, Class of 2020. “Many people have put in their time and sacrifices to help me reach the goal and I’m very grateful for all who helped me along the way.”

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Photo Gallery: Boys Basketball vs. Bishop’s

Head coach Jim Tomey and the Parker Boys Basketball team continued their winning ways Wednesday evening, dispatching The Bishop’s School, 69-36, on Hillgren Court. The Lancers jumped out to a 22-8 lead and would dominate third quarter action, 21-5, to pull away for good.

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Parker Football named CIF ‘All-Academic Team’

They’ve got talent–both on the field and in the classroom.

For the third consecutive season, Parker Football has been named a CIF San Diego Section All-Academic Team, CIF announced Monday afternoon. The team earned the honor with a combined 3.32 GPA, the highest among football programs in the Center City Region and only second to Santa Fe Christian (3.38) in San Diego.

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New coach brings big vision to Parker Girls Basketball

Judy Spoelstra has an initial goal for girls basketball at Parker, and it’s a big one–grow the program.

Judy is the new head coach of the varsity team.

“I’m excited to be at Parker and to get the girls as excited as possible,” says Judy. “[Athletic Director] Anthony Thomas was making a strong push to rebuild the program and bring girls basketball along at Parker. I was interested because there was a lot of support.”

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Building a New Culture

Melissa Warner places high priority on support–both on and off the pitch. 

“I like the girls to have creativity on the field and to be able to support each other,” says Melissa, Varsity Girls Soccer head coach. “I want them to really learn and love the game and be able to navigate their lives through the game.” 

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“Our Family vs. Their Team”

The weight room now boasts seven brand new half-rack workout stations, new dumbells and Olympic plates, and an updated design that retained the space’s featured slogan, “Our Family vs. Their Team.” 

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The Fun(dementals) of Football

It’s a warm and sunny October afternoon on Lauer Field, and the Grade 8 Boys Flag Football teams are practicing for their upcoming games. The sound of Matt’s whistle is common during the pass protection drill, as are verbal redirections, constructive criticism, and finally, encouragement.

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