Aug. 3, 2000
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Bruce Parkhill, a native of State College, Pa., who directed Penn State’s men’s basketball program for 12 seasons (1984-95) has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach on Jim O’Brien’s Ohio State men’s basketball staff.
Parkhill, 51, replaces Rick Boyages, who left earlier this summer to become the head coach at William & Mary. Parkhill will assume Boyages’ former duties.
O’Brien, who had the same staff for 10 years before Boyages’ departure, welcomes Parkhill’s experience to his staff.
“I am thrilled that Bruce has decided to join our staff,” O’Brien said. “He has been a long-time friend. We are very fortunate to get a coach and person of his caliber.
“He offers everything I was looking for in a coach, the combination of loyalty, integrity and extensive head coaching experience,” O’Brien said. “The fact he has knowledge of the Big Ten is an added bonus.”
Parkhill, who will begin his appointment Sept. 1, said he looks forward to getting back to coaching.
“My primary interest was the opportunity to work with Jim,” Parkhill said. “I have known him for 30 years. We have had a great relationship. Joining Jim’s staff is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with an old friend.
“Coach O’Brien is the only person I would have considered doing this for,” Parkhill said. “The position will give me the opportunity to do what I love most about college basketball–teach. Working on strategy and game planning in a great program is really exciting.”
In 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Parkhill had an overall record of 270-244, which included six seasons at William & Mary (1978-1983) where he amassed a record of 89-75 before building a record of 181-169 at Penn State. Parkhill resigned from his Penn State post Sept. 6, 1995.
Parkhill, born June 16, 1949, graduated from State College Area High School in 1967 and then starred in three sports at Lock Haven University before graduating in 1971. He holds a master’s degree (1972) from Virginia.
As a collegiate athlete, Parkhill excelled in soccer, basketball and track. He was a two-time soccer All-America goalkeeper, a three-time all-conference performer in basketball and a conference champion in the javelin event in track and field. In 1991, Lock Haven presented him with its Alumni Achievement award.
His other honors and achievements include the 1990 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, a school-record 25 wins and an NIT Final Four berth in 1990 at Penn State, an Atlantic 10 championship and NCAA Tournament win over No. 16 UCLA in 1991 and wins over No. 7 Purdue and No. 18 Minnesota in 1994. Prior to his departure from Penn State, he had five of the seven total seasons with 20 or more wins in PSU history.
He began his coaching career in 1972 as a graduate assistant at Virginia. At age 28, Parkhill was named head basketball coach at William & Mary.
He was appointed head coach at Penn State prior to the 1983-84 season. Building from the bottom, his Nittany Lion teams demonstrated steady progress, going 53-84 in his first five seasons and then improving to 20-12, 25-9, 21-11 and 21-8.
His record in postseason play while at Penn State was 10-5, which included one NCAA Tournament appearance and four trips to the NIT.
All 43 seniors who played for Parkhill at Penn State graduated.
Parkhill is married (Arlene) and has one daughter, Kate.
Parkhill Year by Year as a head coach
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