Middle school sports

Barnett-Parker looks to put wind in Five Town Football sails

Coach brings experience as player, considerable involvement with children
By Mark Haskell | Apr 10, 2014
Jordan Barnett-Parker

Lincolnville — There will be a new, but familiar face — and name — at the helm of the Five Town Football middle school team in the fall in Jordan Barnett-Parker.

The 32-year-old Barnett-Parker, a Lincolnville resident, is a 1999 graduate of Camden-Rockport High School.

He graduated in 2008 from the University of Maine in Orono with degrees in German and Studio Art and later earned his master's degree in Goldsmithing and Design at the Goldschmiedeschule Mit Uhrmacherschule in Pforzheim, Germany.

Barnett-Parker was on the coaching staff for FTF last season and is a USA Football-certified coach. He said in the short term, he hopes to “gain the trust of our great community, and spread the positive effects of football with as many kids as possible.”

As far as long-term plans are concerned, he hopes to “see FTF become a cohesive unit with coaches at all levels working together under one unifying approach to the game.”

“I would love to see us become a state powerhouse with the most dedicated parents and players around,” he said. “We are blessed in the Midcoast with unparalleled dedication and support from both players and their parents, and I'm confident that this dedication and support will lead to championship seasons in the coming years.”

Barnett-Parker played semi-professional football four years while overseas, including one season with Kirchdorf Wildcats and three seasons with the Pforzheim Wilddogs. He also was a positions coach for the Wilddogs' juniors program for players ages 12-19 while still a player.

He said the Junior League is a feeder system for the national team and “is very structured and plays at an extremely high level,” a level of play he hopes to bring to FTF this fall and beyond.

“My experiences as a football player coupled with my teaching and instructing background has helped me become the coach that I am today,” he said. “It is my goal to bring the best out of people in a positive and empowering way.”

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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.

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