Lincoln (Mo.) University Names Lemar Parrish Head Football Coach

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: May 23, 2005

Lemar Parrish

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lincoln (Mo.) University has named Lemar Parrish as Head Coach of the Blue Tiger Football team. The announcement was made by Athletic Director Tim Abney. Parrish had served as Interim Head Coach since February 2005.

“We are excited and delighted to have Lemar Parrish as our next football coach at Lincoln University,” said Abney. “Having played for and graduated from Lincoln, we feel Coach Parrish will bring Blue Tiger pride back to the football program.”

Parrish has a long history with the Blue Tiger football team, both on the field and from the sidelines. He played for legendary coach Dwight T. Reed from 1966-1969. Parrish returned to Lincoln University in 1999, when the school revived the football team after a ten-year absence.

Since his return he has served as coach for defensive backs and special teams and most recently as defensive coordinator. Parrish’s number was retired in 2001, making him only the second player in school history to receive such an honor.

Parrish played for thirteen seasons in the National Football League as a defensive back. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1970 and was named Rookie of the Year. He is still third on the Bengals’ all-time return yardage list with 354 yards.

In 1977, Parrish went on to play for the Washington Redskins, where he was named MVP in 1981. He also played for the Buffalo Bills before retiring in 1983. During his career, Parrish led the NFL in punt returns in 1970, pass interceptions in 1979 and 1981 and was elected to the Pro Bowl eight times.