High School Football

Bryan Station promotes defensive coordinator to head coach

Frank Parks, who has been Bryan Station's defensive coordinator the past two years, is the Defenders' new head football coach. He replaces Craig Yeast, who left after one season to take an assistant's job at Tiffin University.

"The transition should be pretty easy," Parks said. "I had my hands into a lot of stuff with Coach Yeast last year, and the kids are very familiar with me and know what I expect from them."

Parks, 34, was a high school star at Madison Central and an NAIA All-America defensive back at Georgetown College.

He's been an assistant since 2001, with stints at East Jessamine, Madison Central and Bryan Station.

Parks said his basic philosophy is instilling a hard-work ethic and "having high expectations. These kids will do what you allow them to get away with. If you have high expectations, they're more likely to meet them."

Parks will be Bryan Station's fourth coach in four years. Oliver Lucas left the Defenders for Manual after the 2009 season and was succeeded by Kenny Turner, who stayed only one season. Yeast replaced Turner, but he also left after one year.

Bryan Station began spring practice this week. Parks said if the Defenders can fill some holes on the offensive and defensive lines, "we have a chance to be pretty good."