Denisha Parks enters her third season as the full-time assistant coach in 2019-20, also serving as the acting head coach during the 2018-19 season where she helped guide the Cougars to an 11-15 regular season and berth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament.
At Clark University, Parks will assist with all facets of the women's basketball program, including recruiting, practice preparation and student-athlete development. Additionally, she will provide support in other administrative responsibilities in the athletics department.
Since her graduation from Elms College in 2015, Parks has immersed herself in coaching. In March of 2016, she founded the Southcoast Heat AAU program, and prior to that spent over a season as an assistant coach at Newbury College. With the Nighthawks, she worked primarily with post players as the team played in the program's first-ever conference championship in
Since graduation, Parks has immersed herself in coaching. In March 2016 she founded the Southcoast Heat AAU program and prior to that she spent a little more than a season as an assistant coach at Newbury College. With the Nighthawks, she worked primarily with the post players as they advanced to play in the program’s first-ever conference championship game.
Parks had a decorated collegiate career as a student-athlete, shattering more than ten school records while at Elms. While there, she led the Blazers to three-straight New England Collegiate College Championship games, including the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA tournament in 2011-12. Along the way, she was named NECC, ECAC and NEWBA Rookie of the Year (2011-12), NECC First-Team All-Conference four times (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and NECC Player of the Year twice (2014, 2015).
At Elms, Parks is the all-time record holder for career points (2,248), career rebounds (1,271) and career steals (206) while playing in 110 games and averaging 20.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and a 79% free throw percentage over that span.
Parks served as head freshman coach at her alma mater, BMC Durfee High School, guiding the program to their best record in four seasons. She holds her Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management.