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Rocky Mountain College athletic director Bruce Parker

Bruce Parker of Rocky Mountain College has been selected the Frontier Conference athletic director of the year for 2016-17.

Bruce Parker of Rocky Mountain College has been selected the Frontier Conference athletic director of the year for a record-setting eighth time.

The award is for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The honor is Parker’s second since becoming Rocky’s athletic director in July of 2014. He also won it six times while serving as the Carroll College athletic director, a position he held for 11 years.

The award, which is voted on by the league’s athletic directors, was based upon the contributions Parker has made to the Frontier Conference, the NAIA, as well as his leadership, vision, commitment and the overall performance of the Rocky athletic programs.

During the past school year, the Battlin’ Bears men’s and women’s ski teams won USCSA national championships, the first time both won in the same year.

According to Frontier Conference officials, Parker was instrumental in Billings securing the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament for three years.

And this year, Rocky will host the Annual East-West Shrine football game at Herb Klindt Field on July 15.

Under Parker’s guidance, the Rocky indoor and outdoor track and field programs are being upgraded to full event status, starting next year. The Battlin’ Bears will sponsor all track and field events with the exception of the hammer throw.

Parker currently co-chairs the Frontier Conference men’s and women’s golf and football coaches committees.

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