WILBERFORCE, Ohio - The Central State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has selected Catharine "Cathy" Parson to serve as CSU's next head women's basketball coach. Parson becomes the sixth head coach in the history of CSU women's basketball.
"We are excited to welcome Coach Cathy Parson to Central State University. Coach Parson is an experienced and well-known coach with a proven track record of success at all level in the game of basketball," says CSU Director of Athletics Tara A. Owens. "I look forward to seeing Coach Parson develop our student-athletes into champions on the floor, in the classroom, and in the community."
Parson brings an extensive coaching background to Central State that includes coaching on nearly all levels of the game. Her collegiate stops include Stratford University (2018-19), Frostburg State University (2013-14), Howard University (2000-08), University of Richmond (1999-00), Providence College (1985-88) and Christopher Newport University (1988-98). In 1998, Parson also served as the interim head coach for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. She has also served as a high school head coach at North Hagerstown (MD) during the 2015-16 season.
Parson returns to coaching after a year's hiatus from the sidelines. During the last year, Parson began her own skill development and personal training service. She worked with multiple age groups and talent levels ranging from the middle school players to NCAA Div. I talents such as Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year in the University of Kentucky's Immanuel Quickley, who will be in the NBA draft in November.