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Boys Basketball

Parker steps down as Westland coach


Citing family reasons, Todd Parker resigned as coach of the Westland High School boys basketball team April 16.

“After much thought, I decided to step down as head coach at Westland High School because I don’t feel I have the time or energies to give the basketball program the attention it requires,” Parker said. “With my kids getting older and more involved (in activities), I’ve decided to shift my energies toward my family and their areas of involvement.”

In 10 seasons at Westland, Parker had an overall record of 90-128, including 18-7 this past season. The Cougars lost to Olentangy Liberty 61-43 in a Division I district semifinal and finished third (9-5) in the OCC-Central Division behind Liberty (13-1) and Dublin Coffman (12-2).

Westland’s previous best record under Parker came in 2004-05, when the Cougars finished 21-4 after losing to Cincinnati Moeller 76-73 in a regional semifinal. That season, Westland and Coffman tied for first in the OCC-Buckeye at 8-2.

“I have no regrets,” Parker said. “I feel that the Westland teams I have coached have been very competitive in the area’s top league — the OCC. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of my staff and fellow coaches. What I’ll miss the most is the excitement of game nights and the relationships with the student-athletes at Westland.”