ABILENE, Texas -

McMurry has found their man. Brad Parris will take over as the new War Hawks head track and field coach. The hire comes in the wake of legend Barbara Crousen retiring on April 28th.

Parris has been a part of the program for his entire 37 years of life. His father, Rickey, was a four-time NAIA national champion in pole vaulting for the track team. His mother, Dr. Pug, has taught at McMurry for 36 years, currently serving as the school's Director of Inter-Disciplinary Studies and the former chair of the kinesiology department.

As for his own athletic career, Parris has won five NCAA Division III national champions in pole vaulting. He was also a 4.0 student at McMurry throughout his entire career.

Since graduating, Parris has been an assistant under Crousen for the past 16 year. He was a member of the staff for of their national championship seasons in 2008 and 2012.

"I'm just trying to keep the well oiled machine going," said Parris on filling Crousen's shoes. " I'll put a personal touch here and there as far as philosophy, but with the type of kids we got, we're in the right direction, and so just the mentoring she had, the ability to let me go and do the things I did the best, I think that's gonna really help me going into the future."

Crousen also had a lot to add about Parris, "I couldn't be more pleased. He's been with me for 16 years. First as an athlete, [then} as my assistant. No one is better qualified for this job than Brad, and I'm so proud and so happy for him."

"I have no problem walking away and leaving the program with Brad," added Crousen. "I know he's helped built [the program], and he's not gonna let it fall."