Tom Parks became the Head Basketball Coach at the State College of Florida in June 2018. Previously, Parks was the Head Assistant Coach at Eastern Florida State College where the men’s team notched a 30-5 overall record in the 2017-18 season and won the Mid-Florida Conference. Parks guided the team to a 3rd Place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament and sent 8 players from that team to Division-1 schools.
Over the past four years, Parks coached 25 players to the next level, including 18 Division-1 signees. Some key players include PJ Savory at Florida State, Xavier Jackson at Virginia Commonwealth University, TreDarius McCallum at DePaul University, Channel Banks at the University of Akron, Shaq Carter at Rutgers, and Ahmed Ali at Washington State.
Prior to coaching at Eastern Florida, Parks was the Associate Head Coach at Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming for three seasons, where he had previously played JUCO. He also served as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Northern State University under legend Don Meyer and then as Assistant Coach under Meyer’s successor Paul Sather.
As a player, Parks played his Senior year of college at Northern State and earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Performance and Leadership. He previously received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Youngstown State, where he played for two seasons, and received his Associate’s from Sheridan College, where he played for one season. Following college, Parks competed professionally in Spain with Globalcaja Basket Quintanar in the EBA League.
Parks is married to his wife, Lyndie, who played women’s basketball for Sheridan College from 2006 – 08. She went on to play basketball at Southern Utah University in 2008 – 2009 and Cameron University in 2009 – 2010. Tom and Lyndie gave birth to their first child, Cairo, on May 4, 2017.