Head football coach retires from Burke County High School

Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 9:07 AM EST
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - After 33 years of coaching and having an impact on countless lives around the CSRA, Burke County and Laney High School Head Football Coach Eric Parker has announced his retirement.

“In my adult life, I’ve never, never woken up without being somebody’s coach. So, you know, this is going to be, this is definitely going to be different,” he said.

Parker’s decades of success on the gridiron speaks for itself. With more than 200 wins, a state championship, and multiple region championships, he says the game’s ability to uplift the lives of everyone involved is what’s most important.

“When you leave, and the ball is over, and there’s no more playing to be done, what lessons did you take with you? I hope that was positive in most cases,” said Parker.

Back in October, Parker suffered a heart attack on the sideline during a game, and while that health scare did have an impact on his decision, he says retirement has been on his mind for a while.

“I was really, really blessed, and it goes so far beyond the wins and losses. It goes so far beyond recognition and accomplishments. It really has been my extended family,” he said.

Parker has always appreciated the love and support he’s received from the communities he’s been a part of. Especially when it came to his and his family’s personal health.

“I’m happy that I had a chance to do this. I’m happy that I had the chance to meet the people that met. I’m hoping that whatever comes my way will be something different, and it will still allow me to help people in some form or fashion,” said Parker.

As for what’s next for Parker, he mentioned wanting to take golfing lessons.

Watch the full interview below.

Burke County High School’s head football coach, Eric Parker, has announced he is retiring.