position Special Teams Coordinator
Alma Mater Presbyterian College, 2009
Parker Fleming is in his second season as Ohio State University’s special team’s coordinator. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day named Fleming, who had worked on Ohio State’s staff for three seasons – 2018-20 – as a quality control coach with the special teams units, to the position in February of 2021.
Ohio State ranked among the Top 25 teams in two special teams categories in 2021: 20th in kickoff return defense with an average of 17.8 yards allowed; and 22nd in kickoff returns (24.5). Net punting ranked 33rd. Individually, Emeka Egbuka was 12th nationally in kickoff return average (29.0).
Fleming has worked two different stints at Ohio State, beginning in 2012-13 as a graduate assistant before returning in 2018 to serve as a quality control coach for special teams. In 2018, his first season back, the Buckeyes’ special teams unit ranked No. 2 in kickoff return defense, No. 6 in net punting, No. 8 in punt return defense and No. 10 in blocked kicks.
In between his positions with the Buckeyes, Fleming worked at James Madison University as the wide receivers coach (2014-15) and then at Texas State University where he served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2017. In 2016, he was the wide receivers and special teams coach at Texas State.
During his time on Ohio State’s coaching staff (2012-13 and 2018-present), the Buckeyes have a record of 68-7 with three Big Ten titles, six Big Ten East Division championships, two Rose Bowl victories, a Sugar Bowl championship, two College Football Playoff appearances and one CFP National Championship Game.
Fleming is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and attended Decatur High School. He is a 2010 graduate of Presbyterian College with a degree in political science. He is married to the former Virginia Waldron, who is from Clinton, S.C.
Parker Fleming Quick Facts
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: Decatur
Alma Mater: Presbyterian, 2010
Degree: Political Science
Year in Coaching: 11th (Seventh at Ohio State)
Family: Wife, Virginia
2021-pres. – Special Teams Coordinator, Ohio State
2018-20 – Quality Control/Special Teams, Ohio State
2017 – Special Teams Coach/Quarterbacks, Texas State
2016 – Special Teams Coach/Wide Receivers, Texas State
2014-15 – Wide Receivers, James Madison
2012-13 – Graduate Assistant, Ohio State