Kenny Parham has led the NYIT women's basketball team to a 37-24 record, two trips to the finals of the East Coast Conference playoffs and an NCAA Tournament appearance in his first two seasons at the helm of the Bears.
He coached a team that included first-team ECC selection Nina Vukosavljevic and ECC Rookie of the Year Meg Knollmeyer during his first season in 2016-17, then two first-team All-ECC selections in 2017-18: Maia Hood and Vukosavljevic.
Parham was hired as the seventh head women's basketball coach in program history in July 2016.
His coaching journey started in 1992, when he took on a role as the Dowling College men’s assistant basketball coach while he was a fifth-grade teacher in the Bay Shore Union Free School District. For two decades, the Dix Hills resident then worked as a coach at the high school varsity level, first at Bay Shore and then at St. Anthony’s.
In 2010, Parham also started an AAU travel program, the Riverside Church Hawks, which turned into one of the most successful girls basketball programs in the nation.
He took St. Anthony's from “obscurity to a national powerhouse,” winning three New York State Catholic titles and four NSCHSAA Long Island championships. Under the direction of Parham, St. Anthony's ended a 23-year drought by capturing its first state championship since 1987 and its first NSCHSAA title since 1988.
Throughout these successes, several scholar-athletes coached by Parham went on to play at every level of NCAA, including Bucknell, Seton Hall, Sacred Heart, Towson and Molloy. St. Anthony’s began to receive consistent rankings in the top 20 in the tri-state area according to MSG Varsity, and national rankings courtesy of ESPN.
Parham received his bachelor of arts degree in history with a minor in education from Dowling College in 1992. He earned his master's of science in school counseling from LIU Post in 1997.