Bruce Parkhill

Bruce Parkhill (born June 16, 1949)

Teams coached: William & Mary Tribe, Penn State Nittany Lions
William & Mary record: 89-75 (.543)
Penn State record: 181-169 (.517)
Overall record: 270-244 (.525)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2000-2002 Ohio State (asst)
1983-1995 Penn State
1977-1983 William & Mary
1974-1977 William & Mary (asst)
1972-1974 Virginia (grad. asst)

Bruce Parkhill Facts

  • Bruce Parkhill
  • Born June 16, 1949
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Lake Haven University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1971)
  • Graduated from State College Area HS (PA) and was a three-sport athlete at Lock Haven (PA)
    • His father, Will, played basketball at Penn State while his brother, Barry, starred at Virginia
  • Began his coaching career at Virginia, where his brother was player, serving as a graduate assistant under Bill Gibson
  • Hired in 1974 to join George Balanis’ staff at William & Mary and three years later became the Tribe’s head coach
  • Moved back to State College in 1983 to take over as the head coach at Penn State
    • Led the Nittany Lions for 12 seasons. going 181-169 during that span
    • Appeared in four NITs and one NCAA Tournament, by way of the 1991 A-10 Tournament title
      • The 13-seed Lions upset 4-seed UCLA 74-69 in the Round of 64
    • Helped led the program in the transition from the Atlantic 10 to the Big Ten Conference (starting 1992-93)
    • Resigned unexpectedly in September 1995, citing burnout from his long coaching career
  • Briefly returned to coaching in 2000, spending two years as one of Jim O’Brien‘s assistants at Ohio State

Bruce Parkhill Coaching Tree

  • Jeff Bower (Marist, New Orleans Hornets)
  • Tom Brennan (Vermont, Yale)
  • Keith Cieplicki (Syracuse (w), Vermont (w))
  • Ed DeChellis (Navy, Penn State, East Tennessee State)
  • Jerry Dunn (Tuskegee, Penn State)
  • Dan Earl (Chattanooga, VMI)
  • Barry Parkhill (Saint Michael’s, William & Mary)
  • Mark Schmidt (St. Bonaventure, Robert Morris)