2016 National Conference

Johnny Parker

Legend in the Field

Presentation Summary:

The attendee will be presented an Undulating Periodization Program Design that has been adapted from a system of Soviet National Weightlifting Periodization as taught to the presenters by a former Soviet National Weightlifting Team coach. This system has been adapted for both the team and individual training setting. Included in this presentation will be a “Hierarchy of Athletic Development”, as well the “system” of periodization that has been utilized by NFL Super Bowl Champions as well as other Professional team and Collegiate Conference Champions. Included in this undulating periodization program design will be the application of a system of “check and balances” for appropriately prescribed exercise volumes and intensity resulting in optimal athletic performance while avoiding overtraining and potential injury.


Johnny Parker was honored as a Legend in the Field at the 2009 CSCCa National Conference for his long and impressive career as a pioneering strength and conditioning coach. He began his career on the collegiate level in 1974 when he was hired as a strength and conditioning coach by the University of South Carolina. After just one season of working with Parker, the Gamecocks made it to the Tangerine Bowl in 1975. Three years later, Parker moved on to Indiana University, where he was the first strength and conditioning coach in the Big-10. After two seasons of working with the Hoosiers, Parker was hired as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at LSU. This was followed by a stint at Ole Miss, where he helped the Rebels make it to the 1983 Independence Bowl, their first bowl appearance in 8 years.

Twice during the 1980s, Parker travelled to Russia to study under Russian gold medal winning Olympic weight lifting coaches. He applied what he learned to his football players. In 1984, Johnny began his NFL coaching career, working with the New York Giants for 9 years. In his first year as the team’s strength and conditioning coach, he dropped the number of athletes on the injured list to 7, compared to 25 on the list just the year before. The Giants won their first Super Bowl in 1986. Four years later, in 1990, the Giants again won the Super Bowl, playing against the Buffalo Bills and setting an all-time Super Bowl record of 40 minutes and 33 seconds for ball control possession. Parker’s role as strength and conditioning coach contributed significantly to the Giants’ tradition of excellence, for which they are still known today.

Parker also coached the New England Patriots, who won the AFC Championship in 1996, making it to the Super Bowl in 1997 for just the second time in team history. The Patriots won back-to-back division titles and qualified for the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. In 2002, Parker became the strength and conditioning coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and helped the team to a victory in the 2003 Super Bowl, the first Super Bowl in the team’s history. This was followed by a final coaching stint in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.

Parker retired from coaching in 2007. In his impressive 34-year coaching career, Parker succeeded in taking 3 different teams to 4 Super Bowls. In 1994, he was honored by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society with the Super Bowl achievement award. Coach Parker is here today to share many of his insights and experiences with us.