Temple Christian School in Madison Heights recently hired Jacob Parr to coach the varsity boys basketball team.
Parr, originally from Salem, grew up in Bedford in a Christian home surrounded by sports activities. From an early age he was taught his priorities in life are God first, family next and then basketball, according to the school.
His father coached Parr and his brother in recreation league basketball during their childhood with their mother serving as an assistant. His father was president of the Big Island Athletic Association for three years, and he also coached recreation league soccer for six years. Parr, a graduate of Liberty High School in Bedford, also umpired baseball and softball games alongside his dad.
Parr graduated from Roanoke College where he served as the student assistant for the men’s basketball team and coached AAU basketball in the area. He completed his master’s degree in sports leadership with a concentration in coaching from Virginia Commonwealth University and was hired as head varsity boys basketball coach of Faith Christian School in Roanoke from 2008 to 2010.
Despite a 3-17 record in the 2008-2009 season on the surface, the team that year was comprised of no seniors, two juniors and included a starting lineup of a freshman and two 8th-graders. The following season the team improved to a record of 11-18 with the same group of players.
The following year he took over as head coach of the varsity boys basketball program at Westover Christian Academy in Danville where he also taught in social sciences. In his six years the team was 97-63 with a 61% winning percentage. Westover won or tied for the VACA Southeast District Championship in five of his six seasons, and finished 2nd in the state on two occasions, and once in 3rd place.
In August 2018 Parr relocated to the Lynchburg area to accept a position as the client care coordinator at Strategic Therapy Associates, which provides services to at-risk children, adults, and families in Central and Southside Virginia.