Two Union County girls basketball coaching vacancies were filled Monday night with the hiring of Trent Adair at Ingomar and Shelley Parman at East Union, both bringing excitement and a connection from Hatley to Union County.
Parman joins the Lady Urchins after stints as a junior high coach at Dorsey Attendance Center and Iuka Middle School. Helping to rebuild the tradition at East Union is what excites the first-time high school coach.
“I know Union County has a rich tradition in basketball, and I’m interested in helping build back this program, starting with the junior high and taking that into high school,” she said. “I’m very excited for the opportunity.”
Parman graduated from Hatley in 2003 and played college ball at Itawamba Community College before completing her undergraduate work at Mississippi University for Women.
Planning to meet with the team this week, Parman is ready to start working her young squad, which lost two seniors in Dezjarna Bryant and Chelsea Kuhn.
“We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, so it’s very exciting to get in there and build something with those girls,” She said. “We have a few older girls, and I’ll definitely be looking to them for leadership.”
Another thing she looks forward to is the friendly family competition she will face, as her husband, Chris, coaches at Thrasher and her father, Terry Walters, at Hatley. The Lady Urchins will face both next season.
“My husband and I are very competitive,” she laughed. “No matter what it is, tennis, cleaning the house, we’re going to compete, and we have this little trophy from the NBA Monopoly game. That’s what we play for, but I’m pretty sure the stakes will be higher when our teams play, like washing dishes or something like that.”
As for her father, Parman has always looked to him for coaching support, and will remain to do so, but the conversations may change some with the two now division opponents.
“I’ve always had a close relationship with him, and we talk about games and stuff,” she explained. “I’m sure those conversations will change a little, but I’m excited about the chance to compete against both him and my husband.”
Adair shares a coaching connection to Hatley, where his uncle, Harry, led the Lady Tigers to seven playoff appearances, five state championships and four grand slam titles. A 1999 graduate of Ingomar, the younger Adair continued his playing career at Northeast Community College and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State and master’s degree from Ole Miss.
After working as an assistant and eventually head coach for the boys team in Ripley, Adair spent this past school year as a middle school teacher in Tupelo and looks forward to returning home to coach the Lady Falcons.
“I felt like it’s what I needed to do,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed the year away from coaching, having the freedom to go to games and just watch, but there’s that part of me that missed it. When the opportunity opened up and I saw I could come back home and do something good for Ingomar, I pursued it because I want to see them do good. This is my chance to help Ingomar.”
Adair hopes to meet with his team within the next two weeks and looks forward to seeing what he has for the 2011-2012 season.
“I watched them play a couple of times over the last year, and I know Coach (Richard) Byrd did a good job, and I think a lot of him,” Adair said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to get together and see what’s coming back, get in a couple practices and start working on what we can do with the materials we have next season.”
Editor's note: Parman has announced a meeting for all girls interested in playing for the Lady Urchins next season.
The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13 in the East Union gym. Any girl from grades 7-12 and their parents are invited to attend.