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April 16, 2014

Parra leaving Sumner Academy for Park Hill South

Boys basketball coach Dan Parra will depart after 15 years and two state titles with the Sabres.

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After 15 years at Sumner Academy High School, boys basketball coach Dan Parra has decided to leave for Park Hill South.

Parra, who is already a resident of the Park Hill South community, has yet to be approved by the board, which will meet on April 24.

“They are very active in their school, their fan base is great and their facilities are second to none,” Parra said. “I think they have some of the best facilities in the state of Missouri. Education-wise, I think it is at the top of school districts in the state of Missouri. Those are all things that drew me to move my family there and now to be the basketball coach and teach there.”

The opening was created when Rick Zych stepped down to return to Bishop Miege after two seasons at Park Hill South. He had previously coached for 17 years at Miege.

“We want to see somebody that is going to build a program up and stay a little while,” Park Hill South athletic director John Carr said. “Rick did a great job for us and we hate to see him go, but we think Dan is going to come in and do a great job. We aren’t going to miss a beat.”

Parra started coaching girls basketball in 2000 at Sumner Academy and switched to the boys program in 2008. He led the Sabres to back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011. This season, Sumner went 10-13 and lost to eventual champion McPherson in the Kansas Class 4A Division I state quarterfinals.

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