|Position:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
Tom Parrotta recently completed his first season as an assistant coach for the Fairfield University men's basketball program.
Parrotta came to Fairfield after spending the previous three seasons at Fordham University as an assistant coach. The Fordham graduate previously held the head coaching position at Canisius College for six seasons. He guided the Golden Griffs to back-to-back 15-win seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11, the program’s first consecutive 15-win campaigns since 1995-96 and 1996-97. Academically, every senior that played for Parrotta at Canisius graduated from the College. Many of his student-athletes earned their undergraduate degrees in three years and their graduate degrees in their fourth year, an accomplishment for which Parrotta was recognized by the NCAA.
Parrotta started his coaching career as an assistant at Nazareth College. He stayed one season before joining Jack Armstrong’s staff at Niagara University for the 1995-96 season. After leaving the Purple Eagles in 2001, he served as an assistant coach at Hofstra University (2001-06) until receiving the nod at Canisius College for the 2006-07 campaign.
As an undergraduate at Fordham, Parrotta was a four-year letterwinner who served as team captain for two seasons. He helped the Rams garner two NIT appearances. He continued his playing career in the Portuguese Basketball Association, staying in the PBA for three seasons.