Lee Parks was named the baseball head coach at Christian Brothers University by Director of Athletics Brian Summers on July 21, 2016. Parks becomes the sixth head coach in the 51-year history of CBU baseball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Brooks enters his first year with the Christian Brothers University baseball team.
Brooks started his career at Pope John Paul II High School in Nashville, Tenn., starting on the varsity team all four years and garnered several All-Region and All-County awards. After graduating, he continued his baseball career at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind., majoring in communications.
While at Hanover, Brooks was a four-year varsity letterman while accomplishing First Team All-Conference three times, Second Team All-Northeast Region and NCAA D3 Northeast Rookie of the Year. He also played in the NYCBL for the Niagara Power.
After his playing career, he coached many touted summer league teams while giving lessons to high school and college players throughout the mid-state.
Brooks is a native of Nashville, Tenn.