In an effort to bring new sporting opportunities to Brevard County, the Space Coast Office of Tourism in Cocoa Beach has named Terry Parks its new tourism sports coordinator.
Parks joined the Tourism team from Brevard County Parks and Recreation where he was the north area recreation superintendent. He will be responsible for overseeing the Sports Grant Program to bring new sporting events to the region in cooperation with the Brevard County Tourist Development Council’s Sports Committee.
“I’m truly excited about working in the Space Coast Office of Tourism because it allows me to put all of my personal and professional strengths to use.” Parks said. “I am able to use my background in sports and education to both educate and advise event organizers through our grant process with the hopes of bringing fun, diverse and notable events to the Space Coast.”
Parks has coached basketball for more than 20 years, including stops at Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College), the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of North Florida, The Citadel and several Brevard Public Schools, including Viera and Merritt Island high schools.
Parks’ coaching career has afforded him various opportunities, including being hired as a camp counselor at Michael Jordan's Flight School in Santa Barbara, California. He also worked at collegiate basketball camps in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Parks graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University, where he was a member of the basketball team.
During his tenure as the north area recreation superintendent, Parks served as its United Way representative. He previously was the recreation program coordinator at Viera Regional Community Center.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Terry to the team,” said Peter Cranis, the executive director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. “His extensive knowledge of both the sports industry and the county, coming from Parks and Recreation, will be a benefit to our office as we continue to work at bringing new and exciting sporting events to the Space Coast.”
Parks and his wife, Jamesha, have twin children, Olivia and T.J., both high school sophomores.