Tom Parrotta Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Fordham University
July 11, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. - Tom Parrotta, former Canisius College head men's basketball coach, has been named an assistant basketball coach at Fordham University it was announced today by head coach Tom Pecora. For Parrotta it will be a double homecoming as he returns to his alma mater, where he played from 1984-88, and he reunites with Pecora, after serving as a member of his staff at Hofstra from 2001-06.
"We are excited about Tom returning to his alma mater as part of our staff," said Pecora. "He was a fine player at Fordham and will excel in his position as assistant coach."
At Canisius, Parrotta guided the Blue and Gold to back-to-back 15-win seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11, the first consecutive 15-win seasons for the Golden Griffs since 1995-96 and 1996-97 and the most wins for the program since 2000-01.
Academically, every senior that played for Parrotta during his time at Canisius graduated from the College. The highlight of this accomplishment came before the 2010-11 season, when six of his first seven recruits earned their undergraduate degrees prior to the start of the basketball season, and the five players that remained in the program spent their final months on campus working towards their master's degrees from Canisius.
The Canisius men's basketball team was also active in the community during Parrotta's tenure, taking part in such events as the Ride for Roswell "Knockout Cancer" event, the Shea's 5K Run for the Arts, the "Canisius Cares" reading program and the MAAC Gives Back initiative.
In his six years at Canisius, Parrotta recruited a number of Griffs that have spread their names throughout the school's all-time record book. One of those players, Frank Turner, ended his career as a Griff ranked among the top-10 in 12 different statistical categories and was also recognized as the MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year in 2006-07. In 2010-11, three players, Julius Coles, Elton Frazier and Greg Logins joined the storied 1,000-point club, and Logins wrapped up his time in a Canisius uniform as just the fifth player in school history to collect more than 1,200 career points while pulling down more than 700 rebounds. Last year, Alshwan Hymes closed out the year ranked third on the Canisius all-time three-pointers made list.
Prior to his arrival to Canisius, Parrotta spent five years at Hofstra University with Pecora, holding the position of associate head coach in his last season there, the 2005-06 campaign.
During his time at Hofstra (2001-06), the Pride compiled an 81-72 record, including a 47-16 overall record and 26-10 conference mark in the last two seasons, and improved their Colonial Athletic Association record each year. Hofstra tied a school record with 26 wins during the 2005-06 season and earned a berth in the National Invitational Tournament for the second consecutive season, advancing to the quarterfinals and earning the school's first two Division I postseason victories. As Hofstra's top assistant, Parrotta served as the recruiting, scouting and scheduling coordinator for the Pride. He was also responsible for offensive execution and the development of the team's forwards. Parrotta was a driving force behind the recruitment of Loren Stokes, who was named the 2007 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year.
Before he joined the staff at Hofstra, Parrotta spent six years (1995-2001) as an assistant coach at Niagara University under Jack Armstrong and Joe Mihalich, including the last three as the Purple Eagles' top assistant under Mihalich. During that time, the Purple Eagles posted a 49-37 record and made consecutive trips to the MAAC semifinals. As the lead assistant, Parrotta was the team's chief recruiter and scheduling coordinator and helped bring forward Juan Mendez to Niagara's campus. Mendez ended his career at Niagara as the top Canadian scorer in NCAA history.
Parrotta, 46, began his collegiate coaching career in 1994-95 as an assistant coach at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. Prior to Nazareth, he served as the varsity coach at Rye High School in Rye, N.Y., and led his team to the PSAL Class C league championship. The following season, he served as junior varsity coach at Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Following his collegiate career, Parrotta began a three-year stint in the Portuguese Basketball Association, where he led his team in scoring and rebounding en route to a 33-0 record and a Second Division championship in his first season.
Prior to his playing days at Fordham, Parrotta played his high school ball at Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, N.Y. In the summer of 2010, he was inducted into the Stepinac Hardwood Club, the basketball Hall of Fame at the famed high school.
The Yonkers, N.Y. native and his wife, Dina, have three children, Michael, Carmen, and Lucianna.