With 34 years of service as a coach and the last 24 years of that being in Grady County, Rick Parrish has retired as the Rush Springs Lady Redskins Head Coach.
Parrish spent 12 seasons at Rush Springs High School and the previous 12 years at Tuttle High School. Parrish had been thinking about retiring for several years now, he said.
One of the main reasons Parrish decided to retire was so he could spend time with his family and enjoy time with his six grandchildren.
"I have been thinking about it for the last two or three years and my wife had retired last year and I have six grandkids and they are getting older," Parrish said. "I felt like it was a good time being in it for 34 years and I felt it was the right time to go."
Parrish was the Head Coach for Gracemont to begin his career, with stops in Frederick, Tuttle and Rush Springs in his career. He amassed 530 wins in his entire career.
For Parrish his career at Tuttle was when Girls Basketball moved from 6-man to 5-man and the change in Grady County has changed and for Parrish basketball has improved the game through out the county.
"All of the years I have been in Grady County coaching and I have seen a lot of good teams and a lot of good individual players," Parrish said. "There is also a lot of great coaches in Grady County."
Parrish wasn't able to pin down one good memory as his favorite, but said it was a collection of memories to remind him how good his career was.
"The players and having the opportunity to coach the students that I have and I made good friendships with a lot of them," Parrish said. "Big wins like the ones you weren't supposed to win and go deep in the playoffs when you weren't expected to and all of those and there were so many of them were highlights."
With Jennifer Burch taking over for Rush Springs, Parrish said when it comes to October or November he might miss it, but has confidence in the coaches and will enjoy retirement.
"I know Coach Burch and she will do a great job and I'm happy she is the one coming in and taking over the program," Parrish said. "I kind of want to enjoy retirement and of course if someone asks for advice I will give them what I have, but I'm pretty sure they can handle the basketball part of it."