Bruce Parkhill

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Bruce Parkhill was the head basketball coach at Penn State from 1983 to 1995. He compiled a 181-169 (51.7%) as the head coach at PSU. He was faced with the daunting task of resurrecting the Penn State program, but eventually retired after three Big Ten seasons.

His 1990-91 Nittany Lions won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament and stunned UCLA, 74-69, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the Syracuse Carrier Dome

Parkhill's efforts assembled a team that's generally regarded as one of the best in the history of the program, though he resigned Sept. 6, 1995 just before what proved to be a memorable season. The 1995-96 Nittany Lions, led by Jerry Dunn and assistants Ed DeChellis (now head coach at Navy) and Frank Haith (now head coach at Missouri), started 13-0 (ranked as high as No. 9 in AP poll), moved from Rec Hall to the Bryce Jordan Center, finished tied for second in the Big Ten, the school's highest placing ever, but were upset as a 5-seed in the NCAA first round by Arkansas.

Parkhill guided Penn State to four straight 20-win seasons before starting play in the Big Ten in 1992-93. All 43 seniors who played for him at Penn State did graduate.

His father, Will, lettered for the Nittany Lion basketball team in 1948. A 1967 State College Area High School graduate, Parkhill lettered in three sports at Lock Haven University before graduating in 1971. His younger brother, Barry Parkhill, was a basketball standout at the University of Virginia.

Later in his career, Parkhill served as an assistant coach at Ohio State University and earlier as a head coach for the William & Mary Tribe.

His tenure at William & Mary was fairly successful. Bruce guided the Indians (W&M's official mascot at the time) to an 89-75 (54.3%) overall record between 1977-1983. On December 7, 1977 William & Mary upset second-ranked North Carolina 78-75, in Williamsburg. The 1982-83 season saw W&M go 9-0 in conference play to win the ECAC South regular season championship. .[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
William & Mary (Independent) (1977–1979)
1977–1978 William & Mary 16-10
1978–1979 William & Mary 9-17
William & Mary (ECAC South) (1979–1983)
1979–1980 William & Mary 12-15
1980–1981 William & Mary 16–12 6-4 4th
1981–1982 William & Mary 16–12 6-5 4th
1982-1983 William & Mary 20-9 9-0 1st NIT Opening Round
William & Mary: 89–75 23-10
Penn State (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1983–1991)
1983-1984 Penn State 5-22 3-15
1984-1985 Penn State 8-19 4-14
1985-1986 Penn State 12-17 5-13
1986-1987 Penn State 15-12 9-9
1987-1988 Penn State 13-14 9-9
1988-1989 Penn State 20-12 12-6 NIT Second Round
1989-1990 Penn State 25-9 13-5 NIT Final Four, 3rd Place
1990-1991 Penn State 21-11 10-8 NCAA Second Round
Penn State (Independent) (1991–1992)
1991-1992 Penn State 21-8 0-0 NIT Opening Round
Penn State (Big Ten Conference) (1992–1995)
1992-1993 Penn State 7-20 2-16
1993-1994 Penn State 13-14 6-12
1994-1995 Penn State 21-11 9-9 NIT Final Four, 3rd Place
Penn State: 181-169 89-120
Total: 268-241

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      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion