English picks Parrish to coordinate offense

KRT SPORTS STORY SLUGGED: GRUDENS-SPORTSPLUS KRT PHOTO BY ED SACKETT/ORLANDO SENTINEL (MIAMI OUT) (February 19) Quarterback Jay Gruden of the Orlando Predators Arena Football League team, right, talks to Stan Parrish during Tampa Bay practices in August 2002, in Orlando, Florida. Gruden's father is Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden and Jay worked as an assistant coach for the Buccaneers. (gsb) 2003

Head coach Ron English announced Monday that Stan Parrish would be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Eastern Michigan University. Parrish will be replacing previous offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ken Karcher.

Parrish most recently coached at Siena Heights University from 2011-12, serving as their volunteer quarterbacks coach, a role where he did not have any recruiting duties.

“Stan Parrish brings a wealth of knowledge to the program,” English said in a statement. “I am excited about his ability to move and score the football, and we are very fortunate to have someone with his experience on the staff.”

Parrish’s coaching resume includes 36 years of experience dating back to 1974. He has coached everywhere from Division III Wabash College to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Parrish has been the head coach at four different colleges with an overall record of 63-60 (21-57-1 in Division I/FBS) over 13 years.

During his time at Ball State University, Parrish helped the Cardinal offense to lead their team to a 12-1 overall and 8-0 Mid-American Conference record. He also helped them win the MAC-West and go to bowl games in consecutive years for the first time in BSU history.

In 2008, the Cardinal’s offense was in the top 20 in the nation in passing efficiency, total offense and scoring offense. They were also 21st and 27th in passing offense and rushing offense, respectively.

The most notable quarterback coached during Parrish’s tenure at BSU is Nate Davis, who was the leader of the 2008 season and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Parrish is known locally for his time as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Michigan from 1996-2001. At U of M, Parrish helped produce three NFL quarterbacks. Brian Griese, Drew Henson and future NFL Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady all spent time under Parrish’s tutelage.

In 1997, Parrish helped coach a Rose Bowl and a National championship-winning Wolverines team.

English and other coaches on the EMU staff, such as Mike Hart, Kurt Anderson and Tom Burpee, have ties with the Michigan football program as well.

In the NFL, Parrish tutored the 2002 Bucs starting quarterback Brad Johnson, who led the team to a 12-4 record and their first Superbowl championship in franchise history.

Other places Parrish has coached include Purdue, Marshall, Kansas State and Rutgers Universities.

Parrish comes into the EMU program with good, young talent to work with in quarterbacks Tyler Benz, Mark Iannotti, Michael Mioduszewski, Brogan Roback and Brandon Bossard.

Benz and Iannotti have two and three years left of eligibility, respectively. Benz has proven he has the potential to be a reliable quarterback next season. Iannotti was redshirted in 2011 and didn’t attempt a pass last season. Mioduszewski was redshirted his first year as an Eagle, so he still has four years of eligibility.

Roback and Bossard will be incoming freshmen for the 2013 season. Roback is a four-star recruit out of Toledo and is the brother of EMU volleyball player Paige Roback. While Bossard is only a two-star recruit from Eagleville, Pa., he can still be an effective playmaker as he’s seen as a “dual-threat” quarterback in high school.

Parrish’s resume is very promising; it shows he has the knowledge and experience this team needs to have the big turnaround many fans are hoping to see this upcoming season.

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