CINCINNATI -- Lewis & Clark offensive coordinator Isaac Parker has been selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as one of four interns through the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, the Bengals announced on Tuesday. This fall, Parker will intern at Bengals training camp with offensive line coach Frank Pollack.
"I'm excited to work with a really good coach in Frank Pollack, who established one the most highly-regarded offensive lines with the Dallas Cowboys," said Parker, who has been on the Lewis & Clark staff since 2015. "The opportunity to learn at the highest level of football, from the organization to scheme and fundamentals, and then apply it at Lewis & Clark is very exciting."
Pollack joined the Bengals earlier this offseason after five seasons with the Cowboys.
The objective of the fellowship program is to use NFL clubs' training camps, offseason workout program and minicamps to give talented coaches opportunities to observe, participate, gain experience and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position.
Parker will start his internship at the beginning of training camp in late July and will be on the sidelines during the Bengals preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Cincinnati on Aug. 9. He'll return by mid-August for Lewis & Clark's fall camp.
"It's really hard to get these opportunities, so I certainly feel fortunate," said Parker. "Marvin Lewis is well-respected and has had a long career, so I'm eager for the chance to get a lot of wisdom from him, in addition to first-hand knowledge of how a franchise does it at the top level."
Parker was elevated to offensive coordinator before the start of last season, the most successful for the Pios since 2012. Additionally, Parker oversees the offensive line, which returns all but one rising offensive lineman from last year including frequent starters Alfred Maka Ah Loo, Kalae Wong, James McArthur and Devon Franklin. Parker was an All-Northwest Conference offensive lineman at Willamette.
The fellowship is Parker's second straight year gaining experience at the NFL level. In 2017, he was one of 25 coaches selected to attend the 2017 NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy. At the academy, coaches are trained in a variety of areas that encourage effective coaching and improve student-athlete well-being at both the college and professional levels.
Lewis & Clark opens the 2018 season in Portland against Pomona-Pitzer on Sept. 8.