Fighting Illini basketball
Parham joins Illini
Groce completes staff with hire of former
Illinois State assistant
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[July 07, 2012] CHAMPAIGN
-- University of Illinois head coach John Groce announced Thursday the
hiring of Paris Parham as assistant coach. A Chicago native, Parham
comes to Illinois after five years as an assistant at Illinois State and
is a 17-year veteran of the coaching profession.
"I am excited to welcome Paris Parham to our staff," Groce said.
"I was impressed with what he helped Illinois State accomplish
during his time there and feel he will hit the ground running and
help us immediately in the pursuit of our goals. He has worked hard
on the recruiting trail in the city of Chicago, as well as
throughout the state of Illinois and the Midwest. Paris has many
qualities that make him a successful coach, but what impressed me
the most is the relationships he builds with the players. He is a
great role model for young men and will be an outstanding ambassador
for our program."
Illinois State won 104 games during Parham's tenure on former head
coach Tim Jankovich's staff. The Redbirds recorded four 20-plus win
seasons in five years, advancing to the NIT four times and the
Missouri Valley tournament championship game three times.
Parham spent the previous three years in Chicago, serving one season
as head coach at Morgan Park (2007) and two seasons as head coach at
Phillips Academy (2005-06). He was the Chicago Public League's
Red-Central Coach of the Year in 2005 after leading Phillips to an
undefeated conference record. During this time, Parham also coached
with the AAU program Full Package and assisted at the Chicago Bulls
Prior to his coaching stops at the high school level, Parham served
for three seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland-Eastern Shore
(2002-04). He entered the coaching ranks at his alma mater,
Minnesota State (formerly Mankato State), serving as a graduate
assistant (1996) before spending five seasons as an assistant coach
Parham's collegiate playing career included two years each at
Lincoln College (1992-93) and Minnesota State (1994-95). At Lincoln,
Parham was a two-year team captain and set the school's
single-season assist record.
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Parham completed his career at Minnesota State
with 556 points in 54 games (10.3 ppg). He led the team in
assists in consecutive years, with his 5.2 average ranking
eighth on the Mavericks' all-time single-season assists list. He
also still holds the school record for career steals average at
1.9 per game. Parham earned all-North Central Conference honorable mention as a senior in 1995 and also was named
the league's co-most improved player.
Parham earned two degrees from Minnesota State, a bachelor's in
business administration in 1995 and a master's in education
administration in 2000. He and his wife, Keisha, have two sons,
Paris Jr. and Kai.
received from Derrick Burson,
associate sports information Director, University of Illinois]