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Former Ute assistant tabbed for Westminster job

By Sean Walker | Posted - Aug. 19, 2015 at 9:06 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah director of basketball operations Norm Parrish will take the head coaching job at the newly minted Division II program at Westminster College as early as next week, according to a report first issued by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Salt Lake Metro basketball club.

A source close to the situation confirmed to KSL that Parrish will be installed as the Sugar House-area college's next men's basketball head coach this week.

Hawaii has already begun searching for a new assistant coach to replace Parrish, according to the Hawaii newspaper.

UH men's basketball has begun the search for an assistant coach to replace the departing Norm Parrish. #HawaiiMBB — Ferd Lewis (@FerdLewis) August 19, 2015

A representative from the Westminster athletic department confirmed the school has extended an offer to a potential candidate and plans to make a formal announcement Thursday afternoon. The college declined further comment until that time.

Local AAU basketball club Salt Lake Metro tweeted congratulations to Parrish late Wednesday night.

Congrats to Norm Parrish on his selection as the new Head Coach at Westminster. — Salt Lake Metro (@SaltLakeMetro) August 20, 2015

Former Westminster coach Adam Hiatt stepped down from the position July 31 after four years in charge of the program. Hiatt went 73-48 with the Griffins since taking the head coaching job in 2011, ranking fourth in school history in career victories and third in winning percentage (.603).

Parrish accepted an assistant coach job at Hawaii barely three months ago. After helping Larry Krystkowiak and the Utes advance to the Sweet 16, Parrish departed in May to become the second addition to Warriors head coach Eran Ganot's staff at the time.

Before spending four years at Utah, Parrish was the head coach at Salt Lake Community College for 20 years, when he led the Bruins to the 2009 NJCAA national championship and was named NJCAA national coach of the year the same season.

A former Viewmont High football and basketball player, Parrish played college basketball at the former Rick's College (now BYU-Idaho) before earning degrees at Northwest Nazarene College in 1987 and Utah State in 1993.

Contributing: Josh Furlong, Rod Zundel

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