Ball State's Parrish to coach GMAC Bowl

Updated: December 18, 2008, 6:33 PM ET
By Graham Watson | ESPN.com

Stan Parrish is the new head coach at Ball State, the school announced in a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Parrish, the offensive coordinator for the past four seasons, replaces Brady Hoke, who resigned and became the new head coach at San Diego State.

Parrish's first game as head coach will be against Tulsa on Jan. 6 in the GMAC Bowl.

"We are extremely excited Coach Parrish has agreed to become the head football coach at Ball State," Ball State athletic director Tom Collins said. "He has been very instrumental to our program's success, and we look for that to continue as we move forward. The process to find our new head coach was done in a timely fashion, but our first and foremost concern was to do what was best for the student-athletes in the Ball State football program. Change is always difficult, and even more so for young adults. We talked to a number of people for a variety of reasons, and in the end we determined Coach Parrish was the right person to lead our football program."

Parrish has signed a four-year contract with a base salary of $350,000 with additional income available through academic and performance incentives. He is the first Ball State assistant to be promoted to head coach since 1968.

Parrish served as Ball State's quarterbacks coach in 2005 and has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2006. This season, Ball State (12-1) ranked sixth nationally in passing efficiency, 11th in total offense, 17th in scoring offense, 21st in passing offense and 27th in rushing offense.

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Watson joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four seasons covering the Missouri Tigers and the Big 12 Conference for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also covered college football recruiting for the Dallas Morning News.

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