Illini and Hurricanes to square off at 7:40 CT with Sweet 16 trip on the line
No. 7 Illini to face No. 10 Colorado in 2nd Round, March 22, in Austin
No. 8 seed Illini to Face No. 9 Seed Minnesota on Thursday, March 14 at 11 am CT
Illini close regular season looking for season sweep of Buckeyes
Illini have won six of their last seven heading into Tuesday night tilt in Iowa City
Paris Parham is in second 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.
Parham Coaching Experience
|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|