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Parsons' 31 years of solid service equals Hall

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Coached numerous sports at TCHS.

By Bobby Brockman

Taylor County will honor someone on Friday night between the girls’ and boys’ basketball twinbill with LaRue County who has been involved in Cardinal athletics longer than anyone else — some 44 years.
David Parsons is TCHS’ inductee into this year’s Fifth Region Athletic Directors’ Hall of Fame.
Parsons played basketball and baseball for Taylor County High School from 1966-1969 before attending Campbellsville University, receiving his degree in physical education and history.
He received his master’s degree from Western Kentucky University in special education.
After graduation, Parsons taught special education at Taylor County High School for 17 years. The remaining 14 years he taught social studies and World of Work (vocational education).
In the spring of 1978, he became the girls’ and boys’ tennis coach, a position he held for 31 years.
His girls’ teams won the SKAC four times (1984, 1985, 1986 and 1989) and the boys’ teams won the SKAC six times (1982-86 and 1989).
Parsons was named SKAC Coach of the Year six years (1982-86 and 1989).
The girls’ teams won six Heartland Athletic Conference championships and the boys won seven Heartland Conference titles. His girls’ team was also regional runner-up in 1984 and the boys’ teams were regional runners-up in 1982, 1985, and 1990. The TCHS boys’ squad was regional champion in 1983.
His winning percentage with the girls’ teams was .517, and .728 with the boys’ teams.
Parsons also had many doubles’ teams and individuals qualify for the state tennis tournament during his reign.
Parsons became an assistant girls’ basketball coach under Rollin McQueary in 1980, a position he held until 1987. In 1989, he became an assistant boys’ basketball coach under Jeff Gumm and remained on that staff until 2000.
From 1990 until 2009, Parsons guided Taylor County’s golf program where his boys’ teams compiled a match record of 1,493 wins and 697 losses, with a winning percentage of .681, which includes head-to-head matches and all invitational tournaments.
His girls’ teams were runner-up in the region in 1990 and 1991 and finished 10th in the State Tournament in 1991.
His boys’ teams were runner-up in the region in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001 and 2008 and wore regional crowns in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Parsons was named Kentucky Golf Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2009 by the Kentucky High School Coaches Association and also served as regional golf manager from 2000 to 2009. He was responsible for starting the Cardinal Classic — a boys’ golf team invitational tournament, hosting 16 of the state’s best boys’ golf teams.
In 2000, Parsons became athletic director at Taylor County High School and held that position until 2005. He became the head girls’ basketball coach in 2005 where he had a record of 35-49 in three years and a district runner-up and regional tournament appearance in his first year. Parsons coached the Fifth and Sixth Region girls’ all-star team in 2007.
Parsons retired from teaching in 2008 but continued to coach boys’ golf through 2009.
“Many thanks to all those athletes over the 31 years for all the hard work, but mostly for making coaching fun,” Parsons said when notified of his honor.

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Fifth Region Athletic Directors’ Hall of Fame
Taylor County High School
2001    Billy B Smith
2002    Fred Waddle
2003    Brent Cox
2005    Don Shaw
2007    Clem Haskins
2009    Rollin McQueary
2011    David Parsons

Campbellsville High School
2001    Boyer Jones
2002    Samuel Wickliffe
2003    Shelby Winfrey
2005    Kelly Baugh
2006    Rick Wilson
2007    Jim Ward
2009    Jim Hardy
2011    Carol Gossage