Kelly Parker joined the Duke women’s tennis staff as an assistant coach for the 2007-08 campaign. She is an integral part of helping guide the Blue Devils to the NCAA Round of 16 in 2008 and to the runner-up finish at the ACC Championship.
Following a stellar two-year playing career as a Blue Devil, the Springfield, Ill., native, known in competition as Kelly McCain, enjoyed a two-year professional career, having played in tournaments across the globe, including the all four majors. Parker owns a career-high ranking of No. 117 in the world and has captured six professional titles on the ITF Tour - four in singles and two in doubles.
At Duke, Parker garnered All-America honors in 2002 and 2003 and was an All-ACC selection in each of those years. She became Duke’s fifth ACC Rookie of the Year in 2002 and was selected as ACC Player of the Year in 2003. Parker guided the Blue Devils to conference championship and regular season titles in 2003, the 2002 regular season title, and Duke’s first National Team Indoor championship in 2003.
After a two-year stint in the professional tennis ranks, Parker returned to Duke in 2005-06 to finish her undergraduate degree and served as an undergraduate assistant coach with the Blue Devil tennis team during that time. She finished her degree in May of 2007 and served as the head instructor at the Precision Tennis Academy in Greensboro, N.C., during her return to school.
McCain Parker most recently was selected as the recipient of its 2009 J.S. Love Adult Female Tennis Player of the Year award. The award is presented to the player, who has, in the last year, won a state, sectional or national title in either age group or NTRP tournament play. This player has demonstrated a passion for competition and the most outstanding full season performance including character, sportsmanship and tennis ability.
The former Blue Devil tennis standout married Michael Parker in September of 2007. The couple resides in Burlington, N.C.