Anne Parker Coleman. Courtesy of Coleman.

As a student at the Carlisle School in Martinsville, Anne Parker Coleman frequently would join her parents on trips to Charlottesville, where her brothers, James and Lester, were members of the UVa football team.

They continue to follow UVa football as alumni and fans, but it’s their sister who is closer to the program now.

Anne Parker, a 2021 UVa graduate in American Studies, is a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Charlottesville after stints at media outlets such as ESPN, WUVA, Voice in Sports, and with the Virginia Athletic Department.  

Since graduation, she also has had opportunities as a weekday and weekend sports anchor.

Both of her brothers were punters, with Lester making second-team All-ACC in 2017, when he averaged 43.7 yards per attempt. His older brother, James, was on the UVa team before transferring to Western Michigan, where he had more opportunities.

“I was always James’ and Lester’s little sister,” Anne Parker said this week. “They were athletes. I was very much into being the biggest UVa fan there was.”

Her father, James “Nubby” Coleman, points out that she was an all-conference field-hockey player at Carlisle for four years. 

Nubby Coleman, had grown up going to North Carolina State football games, his alma mater, and later had season tickets at the University of North Carolina, where his younger brother had played.

Anne Parker started out as mostly a news reporter in her first year at CBS 19 in Charlottesville, admitting she was not a baseball fanatic. Yet among other assignments, she covered the Tom Sox, the Charlottesville-based team in the summer Valley League.

She has been on hand covering the Cavaliers since the start of preseason football practice and is complimentary of the Cavaliers’ new head football coach, Tony Elliott, previously the offensive coordinator at Clemson.

“He’s well-spoken and has an academic way about him,” Anne Parker said. “He fits the UVa personality.”   

She would know.  

Doug Doughty

Doug Doughty has been writing for more than 50 years starting as a high school student in Washington, D.C., through his undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, and 47 years at the Roanoke Times...