SAN ANTONIO, Texas - McMurry University head track and field coach Brad Parris will be among the guest lectures for the upcoming 82nd annual Texas High School Coaches Association's (THSCA) Convention and Coaching School. The event will be held July 20-23 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
In addition to competing at McMurry, Parris spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach before being elevated to the head coach position this past June.
At the THSCA event, Parris will join presentations by such notable coaches as Bruce Weber (Kansas State basketball), Charlie Strong (University of Texas football) and Todd Graham (Arizona State football), to name a few. Parris' lecture – which takes place on Tuesday (July 22) – will focus on pole vaulting.
Parris won five NCAA Division III national pole vault championships, with three straight indoor titles from 1999-2001 and two outdoor championships in 1999 and 2000 He still holds McM's pole vault records for both indoors (17' 5 ¾') and outdoors (17' 9 ¼") and ranks No. 4 outdoors and No. 6 indoors on the NCAA Division III all-time list.
In addition, he was named the regional athlete of the year in 1999, he was recognized as the top performer at the national indoor meet in 2000, and he was named the American Southwest Conference Male Athlete of the Year in 2000.
Parris also set the bar high in the classroom, earning three academic all-American honors and graduating with a 4.0 grade point average from McMurry. He was on the Dean's List every semester of his collegiate career.
The THSCA is the principle advocate and leadership organization for Texas high school coaches. THSCA provides the highest quality representation, education, and services to Texas high school coaches and affiliate members, and enhances the professionalism of coaches and the schools they represent.
Information for this story provided by McMurry Athletics.