MEMPHIS, TN — Two new coaches have been selected to lead both Track and Field and Baseball for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Both Nic Fortenberry (Track and Field) and Lee Parks (Baseball) come to CBU after serving as coaches for the University of Memphis. Meet the new coaches in their bios below!
Nic Fortenberry has been named the men's and women's track and field head coach at Christian Brothers University by Director of Athletics Brian Summers. Fortenberry is the first full-time head coach in the program's history.
"It was clear from the start of our search, Nic was our top candidate," said Summers. "His extensive experience at the University of Memphis and in the Memphis area, and his vision for building our young program into a conference and national contender make him the right fit for CBU. I believe Coach Fortenberry provides our program with a dedicated, high-character individual who will lead us with distinction."
Fortenberry joins CBU after spending the past 10 seasons as an assistant coach at University of Memphis. Fortenberry was the Tigers' sprints/hurdles coach and guided 14 NCAA Championships qualifiers, 34 NCAA regional qualifiers and 20 conference champions. In his time at Memphis, his athletes set 22 school records. In addition, the Tigers track programs received USTFCCA All-Academic Team recognition the past five years. He also oversaw the team's travel and recruiting was involved with campus housing and meet management.
"I am extremely thankful to Athletic Director Brian Summers for giving me the opportunity to work with him and the athletic department towards the personal, academic and athletic development of young men and women at Christian Brothers University. My family and I are excited beyond words."
Prior to University of Memphis, Fortenberry spent 10 years as an assistant and head track and field and cross country coach at Memphis-area high schools, Houston High School and Kirby High School. He was part of three cross country and one track and field state championship teams.
While Fortenberry assumes control of the track and field programs, Bill Hoffman will remain as CBU's cross country head coach and serve as the distance coach for the track programs.
Fortenberry ran the 400 hurdles and 800 meters as a collegiate athlete at Louisiana State University and earned the athletic department's Directors Cup, which is given to athletes with a 3.0 or better GPA. He earned his bachelor's degree in industrial education and construction management.
Fortenberry is married to former Christina Feldmann and they have two children, Gabe and Jada.
Lee Parks has been named the baseball head coach at Christian Brothers University by Director of Athletics Brian Summers. Parks becomes the sixth head coach in the 51-year history of CBU baseball.
"We had a strong applicant pool that included more than 200 people interested in leading our baseball program," said Summers. "I'm pleased to welcome Coach Parks to CBU. During the interview process his passion for leading CBU, vision for building our program, his experience in NCAA Division II and his familiarity with the Memphis area stood out."
Parks joins CBU after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at University of Memphis. Parks was the Tigers' infielders coach, camps coordinator and first-base coach. Prior to Memphis, Parks spent six seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Saint Leo University where he served as the recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and instructed catchers.
"I am extremely excited to lead the Christian Brothers University baseball program," said Parks. "I want to thank Brian for putting his trust in me to lead these young men. The potential to win here was an important factor as well as the passion and vision the administration has for the athletic department and baseball program. My first order of business is to start earning the players trust and get them to establish a culture based on excellence. I look forward to going to work each and every day focused on the development of each player in the program and step by step build this program into the powerhouse I think it can be."
As recruiting coordinator at Saint Leo, Parks was recognized as one of the top recruiters in the southeast region and has a proven ability to identify talent. He recruited four former MLB draft picks to Saint Leo. In his six seasons, Parks coached four Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Freshmen of the Year, 15 All-SSC selections, four All-South Region selections and three NCBWA All-Americans.
"Coach Parks has played on championship teams and coached high-level programs throughout his career," said Summers. "He's been associated with three teams that have won at least 35 games, and importantly, he understands the talent level needed to compete at the top level of the best Division II baseball conference in the country."
Parks spent three years as a scout in the Texas Rangers organization prior to his time at Saint Leo, as well as some time working in the New York Yankees player development department.
Prior to his professional career within collegiate and professional baseball, Parks was a four-year letterwinner at Mississippi State University. As a catcher with the Bulldogs, Parks helped MSU to the College World Series in 1998 and an SEC Conference Tournament title in 2001.
"I am extremely proud of Lee and excited for this this opportunity for him," said University of Memphis baseball head coach Daron Schoenrock. "I had the opportunity to coach Lee in his senior year at Mississippi State and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the coach he has matured into in the two years he was with us at Memphis. He has the passion, knowledge, and energy necessary to be a tremendous head coach and Christian Brothers University is getting a quality man who will impact the program and the kids he coaches, everyday. He is a wonderful dad to Carson and Miller and a great husband to Amanda. Traits that will be passed on to his players. Lee is ready for this challenge and we will greatly miss him at Memphis. We wish him and Christian Brothers University the best as they move their baseball program forward."
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 Plains League summer team.
Parks is married to former Amanda Ellen White and the couple has a daughter, Carson Ellen and a son, Miller.
You can also view the original posts about coaches Nic Fortenberry and Lee Park on the CBU Atheltics website HERE >>>