By Chris Feeny • @iubase17 • July 24
Coach Parker is working along side some of the nations top player developers this week to help coach the 2019 17U National Development Team.
USA Baseball News Release
DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Monday. Three-time USA Baseball national team assistant coach and nine-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler, will once again take the reins as the field coordinator in 2019.
The NTDP offers 40 athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.
Justin Parker will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. The Indiana University assistant coach is in his first season with the Hoosiers and is responsible for the team’s pitching staff. Parker previously served as the pitching coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he sent nine pitchers to the professional ranks in his two seasons with the Golden Knights. He began his coaching career in 2011 at Wright State and spent six seasons with the Raiders, highlighted by a Horizon League Championship in 2016. Parker was drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and spent three years playing professionally in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.
The showcase began Sunday at Wrigley Field where the players scrimmage each other as teams of Stars vs Stripes.
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Monday the location moved to Notre Dame Baseball’s home field.
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After a day of training at the Team USA National Training complex the scrimmages move to Northwestern Baseball’s home field for today and Miller Park in Milwaukee for Thursday.
Hoosier Baseball does not have any current commits on these rosters. None the less, it is quite the honor for Coach Parker to be named to the staff and his participation and knowledge gained will of course benefit the current players and future classes.