Good Neighbor: Parks Frazier
Interviewed by Leslie Criss | Photographed by Matt Bowen, Indianapolis Colts Photographer
Former Corinth High School Warrior Parks Frazier is in his third season as part of the coaching staff of the Indianapolis Colts. The 28-year-old Frazier has moved around a good bit in these early years of his coaching career, but Mississippi, he said, will always be home.
Q: What was it like to be assistant to the Colts head coach for the past two years?
A: It was an amazing experience. I learned so much of what it takes to hold that position, and working for somebody like Frank Reich took it to an entirely different level. He represents everything I believe in and pushed me to become a better version of myself as a coach and person.
Q: What will your new job entail?
A: Basically, I’m an offensive assistant coach. My main focus is with the quarterbacks, but I spend a lot of my time looking for ways our offense can gain an advantage over upcoming opponents. I still work closely with Coach Reich because he is the offensive play-caller, but I now work more with our offensive coordinator, Nick Sirianni.
Q: You played football in college and have coaching experience with both college and NFL teams. How are they different?
A: The most obvious difference, from my perspective, is that professional football is just that: professional. The players are not student-athletes; they are professional football players. In the NFL, we are able to spend the entire day working with the team, while in college, your time daily with the players is split with their academic responsibilities. The things that don’t change are why I got into coaching in the first place, which is the opportunity to invest in your players’ lives on and off the field.
Q: What is your ultimate career goal?
A: I want to be a head coach. I love every detail of running a football program. I’ve got a lot to learn and experience before I’m ready to take on the responsibility of a head coach, but every day I get to walk into a football facility is a step in that direction.
Q: CHS won the 2019 class 4A state football championship. How did that make you feel? Are you still connected with the team?
A: My youngest brother, Cooper, was a senior offensive linemen for the Warriors, so I was still very connected to the team! It was really great to not only see Corinth High School win the title, but to see my brother be a part of something so special for the town.
Parks Frazier is the son of Dr. Randy and Tammi Frazier of Corinth, and is older brother to three siblings; Erin Frazier Montgomery, Baylor Frazier and Cooper Frazier. His wife, Caroline, is originally from South Carolina.