12th Oct2011

Averick Parker – Morehouse College

by Staff

“I turned down scholarships to other D2 schools to play soccer at Morehouse from 2000 until 2003 when the program was unfortunately cut while I was studying abroad. During my time on the team I was moved from my natural position of forward to right midfielder.”

C/O 2005
Major: Political Science
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What sports did you play at Morehouse College? What positions? For how long?

I turned down scholarships to other D2 schools to play soccer at Morehouse from 2000 until 2003 when the program was unfortunately cut while I was studying abroad. During my time on the team I was moved from my natural position of forward to right midfielder

 

We are glad that you were able to play a good solid three years and be able to travel abroad. We know you had a lot of fun playing at your personally selected college – Morehouse!
 

What did you accomplish during your sports years? (records, medals, articles, et cetera)

During my third season I was a captain and received the midfielder of the year award.

 

 

What advice do you have for future college student-athletes out there?

My advice to incoming athletes would be to manage your time very wisely so that your grades don’t suffer because of the time consuming extra curricular activity that is college sports. You are often going to have to practice twice a day so you need to make time for your studies as well. Also work with your athletic director and professors to make sure everyone is on the same page and they know that you are a student-athlete. There will be times that you’ll have to travel on test day or when homework is due so that info will be very valuable to your profs.

Image Courtesy of Nubian King Averick Parker
 

 

Tell us about your most memorable game. What happened?

My most memorable game was at Tusculum College in Tennessee. I scored two goals in the first half and we went into half-time winning. We lost it in the second half though.

 

 

Who were your favorite coaches? What did they teach you?

My favorite coach was Coach Bumani. He was Jamaican and very knowledgeable of the game of soccer. Fun guy to be around on road trips as well.

 

Who were some of your teammates, did you or any of them go to the “league”?

None of my team mates went to the league but a couple of them are doctors, one is studying for the California bar and another is in graduate school at NYU. One actually tried out for the professional soccer team that I worked for but he got cut in the last round.

 

What sports tips do you have for those in your sport(s)?

In any sport you need to watch your diet and take care of your body. Try not to get involved in a lot of the shenanigans that your classmates may be involved in.

 

Congratulations on still graduating though the soccer program was removed shortly after your arrival. We thank you for sharing the experience of your times as a soccer player and as a Morehouse Man. Your advice will be gold for future student-athletes entering HBCU sports programs for years to come!

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