Record-breaking basketball coach Dan Parr dies at 81 | Sports / Youth in high school

Record-breaking basketball coach Dan Parr dies at 81 |  Sports / Youth in high school

If you call Dan Parr the best high school coach in New Hampshire basketball history, you might not have an argument. Parr was so good.

Parr led his teams to 704 wins – more than any other high school basketball coach in the state – over a 53-year career that included stints with the Hopkinton boys, the Portsmouth boys, the St. Thomas Aquinas boys and the girls from Portsmouth. Its teams have won five championships.

After facing declining health in recent years, Parr passed away at the age of 81 on Saturday. He has often been described as a true gentleman.

“In the basketball circles of this state he was a rock star,” said Portsmouth women’s basketball coach Tim Hopley, who was assistant coach of the Portsmouth girls’ program when Parr was the coach. chief. “There was nowhere we were going where people weren’t flocking to him en masse. He was royalty.

“I think back to the night he won his 700th game when he was coaching the Portsmouth girls and we beat Kennett, ”continued Hopley. “The number of his former players who showed up from the start – they were men who were almost as old as he was then because he started coaching at such a young age. And I think about the girls I contacted (Saturday) morning and how he made a personal impact on his former players as people as they feel what …

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