INDIANAPOLIS – In three seasons as the leader of the IUPUI women’s basketball program, head coach Austin Parkinson has guided the Jags to multiple Summit League Tournament semifinals appearances, a 20-win season and the program’s first postseason tournament in over 20 years. For his efforts, Parkinson was rewarded with a three-year contract extension, IUPUI Director of Athletics Mike Moore announced.
Parkinson is a native of Kokomo and a 2000 graduate of Northwestern High School. While a Purple Tiger, he played for Jim Yeakel and was a four-time team MVP and two-time Nike All-American as well as an Indiana All-Star. He was also a three-year team captain, honorable mention All-State and a four year all-Mid-Indiana Conference selection. His 1,667 career points are the second most in Howard County history. He also played four years at Purdue University.
The three-year extension for Parkinson will keep him as head coach through the 2017-18 campaign.
“In a short amount of time, Austin has elevated our women’s basketball program and created a positive culture that we want to see continue,” Moore said. “Austin is a perfect fit for IUPUI and we are excited about the future of our women’s basketball program.”
Last season, Parkinson led IUPUI to its best season since entering the Division-I ranks during the 1998-99 season. The Jags posted a 20-12 record – the first 20-win season since the 1990-91 campaign – including a program-best 12 Summit League triumphs. Behind Parkinson, IUPUI turned The Jungle into a tough place to play for road teams last year with the Jaguars claiming a program-record 13 home victories.
“I am extremely grateful for the show of support and the belief by our administration in my ability to continue to lead our women’s basketball program for years to come,” Parkinson said. “IUPUI is a special place and a University on the rise. Our coaches and players are excited to build on the momentum from the last couple of years and look forward to continuing the pursuit of a Summit League Championship.”
Entering the 2013-14 season, Parkinson welcomes back 10 players from last year’s 20-win squad, while adding four talented true freshmen – three of which coming from the state of Indiana.
“From day one it has been a priority of our staff to focus our recruiting efforts on the Midwest and fortunately we’ve been able to bring quality kids to IUPUI from the surrounding states,” Parkinson said. “As we look to take the next step, we will continue to pursue talented kids with high character who love the game of basketball.”
(Courtesy of IUPUI and the Sports Journal staff)