Men's Basketball

Paris  Parham
Paris Parham

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Minnesota State University '95


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Photos from Men's Basketball's Orange and Blue Scrimmage on Oct. 22, 2012, at Assembly Hall. (photos by Cary Frye)

Paris Parham is entering his third season as an assistant coach on John Groce's Fighting Illini staff. The Chicago native is an 18-year veteran of the coaching profession.

Parham came to Illinois after five years as an assistant at Illinois State. ISU 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 Training Academy.

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 (1997-2001).

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.

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 spg. Parham earned All-North Central Conference (NCC) honorable mention honors 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.


Born: Dec. 21, 1971
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Family: Wife, Keisha; Sons, Paris Jr. and Kai
Education: Minnesota State University, B.S., business administration, 1995
Minnesota State University, M.S., education administration, 2000
Playing Experience: 1994-95 Minnesota State University; 1992-93 Lincoln College

Parham Coaching Experience

Years School Position
2013- University of Illinois Assistant Coach
2008-12 Illinois State University Assistant Coach
2007 Chicago Morgan Park High School Head Varsity Coach
2005-06 Chicago Phillips Academy High School Head Varsity Coach
2002-04 University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Assistant Coach
1997-2001 Minnesota State University Assistant Coach
1996 Minnesota State University Graduate Assistant

updated following the 2013-14 season