Memphis, TN– Associate Athletic Director Lynn Parkes, who came to the University of Memphis in 1975 to start the women’s golf program, has announced her retirement after 38 years of service to the institution. She will leave the department effective June 30, 2013.
“Lynn Parkes is and will remain a pioneer in the development of women’s athletics within the NCAA”, said Tiger Athletics Director Tom Bowen. “She began her professional career during a time when women’s athletics was just a concept and helped guide it from the AIAW to its current role as part of the NCAA.
“She has worn many hats for the Tiger athletic department and successfully took on challenge after challenge,” Bowen stated. “She has had a tremendous impact of the lives of thousands of student-athletes and we all owe her a debt of gratitude.”
During her tenure with the University of Memphis, Parkes has helped move women’s athletics from its infancy to a modern-day, well-rounded program. For the past 29 years she has served as the senior women’s administrator and has directed the department’s compliance and student-athlete services area. Additionally, Parkes has handled oversight duties for eight sports including, women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and men and women’s tennis.
“Lynn Parkes has served the University of Memphis as a dedicated and loyal employee for many years and she will be missed by the entire University community,” said University of Memphis President Shirley Raines. “Through her affiliation with the NCAA, its administration and the varied committees she has served on including the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee, Lynn has forged the Tiger Compliance department, which has allowed Memphis athletics to operate within the rules and regulations set forth for all institutions. We all owe Lynn our gratitude and wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”
A native of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Parkes is a 1973 graduate of the University of Alabama. She was a member of the Crimson Tide women’s golf team and competed in the National Collegiate Championship Tournament her final three years of college.
Following graduation, she taught for two years at Loretto (Tenn.) High School as a physical education instructor. Parkes came to the University of Memphis in 1975 to complete her graduate degree in physical education and at the same time, started the women’s golf program.
While serving as the administrator for women’s sports programs, Parkes served as the compliance coordinator for the University of Memphis Athletic Department. As such, she was the liaison to Conference USA and the NCAA in adherence to rules and regulations of those organizations.
A former member of the LPGA, Parkes served as chair of the NCAA Women’s Golf Committee. She has served as tournament director of the 1995 NCAA East Golf Regional hosted by Memphis, as well as the 2000 NCAA Women’s Basketball Mideast Regional Tournament and the 2009 NCAA Memphis Regional.
Parkes was a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee, whose charge is the selection and conduct of the NCAA National Championship, and served as the chairman of the selection committee in 2004-05. She has also served on various task forces and committees within Conference USA. Parkes was named the University of Memphis Distinguished Administrator of the Year in 2002.