TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – ISU head coach Greg Lansing has announced the hiring of Terry Parker as an assistant coach on Monday. Parker joins the Sycamores from Utah Valley where he served as an assistant coach for one season.
“I’m excited to add Terry Parker to the staff at Indiana State,” ISU head coach Greg Lansing said. “When you’re looking for assistants, you’re just trying to get someone who is loyal and someone who works hard but the biggest thing for me is a fit. I want assistants Lou (Gudino), Marcus (Belcher) and director of operations Rex (Parker) to feel good about it and we’ve found that with Terry.”
Parker guided the Wolverines to a 20-12 (13-3 Western Athletic Conference) overall record last season including a WAC regular season title in their first year in the league and the first NIT appearance in school history. In addition, Parker helped guide seniors Ben Aird and Holton Hunsaker to all-WAC first team honors.
Prior to Utah Valley, Parker, a native of Stone Mountain, Ga., also served as an assistant coach at Nicholls State for three seasons (2010-13) after four years as a NCAA Division I player.
“I’m excited to get to work here at Indiana State,” Parker said. “Indiana State has a great basketball tradition, and being able to work for Coach Lansing and what he’s done for the program is exciting for me to be a part of.”
Parker began his Division I career at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the Horizon League. As a freshman in 2002-03, Parker played in all 30 games making 17 starts as a freshman before breaking into the starting lineup as a sophomore. Parker started 26 of UW-Green Bay’s 28 games in 2003-04, averaging 8.3 points/game. Parker connected on 17 of 48 three point attempts in his sophomore season, compiling a .354 three point percentage, the second best mark on the team with a minimum of 45 attempts. In his sophomore year, Parker helped UWGB to a 17-11 season and a Horizon League Tournament appearance.
Parker transferred to Louisiana Tech for his junior and senior seasons, where he was coached by current ISU assistant Lou Gudino. In 2005-06, Parker was part of a La Tech squad that went 20-13 overall and 11-5 in the WAC. The Bulldogs advanced to the second round of the WAC Tournament and earned a trip to the National Invitational Tournament in his junior year.
In 2006-07, Parker played in all 30 games and was one of the first subs off the bench for the Bulldogs, averaging 5.0 points, 1.2 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 16 minutes per game. Parker stayed on at La Tech after graduation, working with the Bulldog coaching staff in a support capacity.