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.
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. .
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