By: Becca Parker
Kenny Parker, who also happens to be my father, is very knowledgeable on the subject of basketball. He himself played all throughout childhood, high school, and college. He played at Cuddeback Elementary, Fortuna High, College of the Redwoods, and Humboldt State. Throughout his career he won many awards, he won four HDN all county stars in basketball, and seven all together. While in college he was all conference player of the year two years in a row. He now resides in the Fortuna High School Hall of Fame, as well as the College of the Redwoods. There was various questions asked in the interview earlier this week.
How long have you coached Women's basketball?
Parker said, “I have coached basketball in general for 25 years.” I have coached on the Women’s side for about 12 of those 25 years. I coached at Rio Dell Elementary, Fortuna Middle, Ferndale High, St. Bernard’s, and Fortuna High.
Did you enjoy coaching Women’s or Men’s more?
“Both were very fun to coach.” Parker said, “ Men just like to get in and get physical in a way that some women won’t, but on the other hand women can get just as physical.” One reason that Parker said that Women’s basketball may have been his favorite is because they play with more finesse than the men do. Parker said, “ I would have to say I enjoyed Women’s basketball more.”
In general what is your favorite aspect of the game?
“My favorite part of the game is watching some drive to the bucket and either pull up and take a short jumper, or go all the way,” said Parker.
Do you enjoy watching Women’s basketball?
I very much so enjoy watching women’s basketball. It always looks like they are having so much fun when they are out on the court playing.