Molly Parker begins her third season with the New Mexico State swimming and diving team in 2013-14. She joined the Aggie staff as diving coach in June 2011.
Parker helped the Aggie divers improve on the boards in 2012-13 with each of the three Crimson and White divers scoring at the 2013 WAC Championships. Audrey Ruiz represented the Aggies at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships in March 2013 and was first diver to compete at zones since 2009.
In her first season with the Crimson and White, the Aggies recorded a fourth-place finish at the 2012 WAC Championships. NM State broke 10 school records and posted 12 NCAA provisional times, a program record, in 2011-12.
Parker arrived in Las Cruces from Indiana after coaching high school and club divers in the Indianapolis area. An Albuquerque native, Parker was a diver at Sandia Prep High School. She then dove at Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. During her diving career, Parker qualified for Junior Nationals twice, competed at the NCAA Zone Championships all four seasons and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree while on scholarship.
She graduated in 2003 as an academic All-American with a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness and movement and sports science. Parker continued her education in 2007, when she attended Kaplan College to become a massage therapist. In 2008, she became a licensed massage therapist in Indiana.
After concluding her diving career at Purdue, Parker began coaching for Starz Diving. In her time with Starz, she opened and coached nine different satellite locations and trained several assistant and head satellite coaches. Parker sent several athletes up to the Rising Starz Program and had one athlete selected for the National Training Center. Parker was the Starz Coach of the Year in 2005 and led the Starz Satellite Team of the Year in 2005. In addition to coaching for Starz, she coached high school diving in Indiana for seven years.
Parker and her husband, Jack, live in Las Cruces with their two sons, Atticus (8) and Leonidas (5).