NYIT Athletics welcomed Kenny Parham as the seventh Head Women's Basketball Coach in July 2016.
Parham’s 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. Since 1994, the Dix Hills resident has worked as a coach at the high school varsity level, first at Bay Shore and then at St. Anthony’s, where he served as the women’s varsity basketball coach beginning in 2009. In 2010, he also started a travel AAU Program, the Riverside Church Hawks, whict turned into one of the most successful girls’ basketball programs in the country.
Since then, he has taken the Friars from “obscurity to a national powerhouse,” winning three New York State Catholic Champion titles and four NSCHSAA Long Island Championships. Under the direction of Parham, the team ended a 23-year drought by capturing St. Anthony's 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 College, to name a few. 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 prior to earning his master's of science in School Counseling from Long Island University- C.W. Post in 1997.