Former Canisius College men's basketball coach Tom Parrotta made the following statement today. Parrotta will not return to Canisius for the 2012-13 season. He served as the Golden Griffins' head coach for six seasons.
"I am extremely proud and thankful for the opportunity to have served at a fine institution such as Canisius College. I cannot thank Bill Maher enough for seeing the qualities in me to lead a Division I men's basketball program. Transition is never easy and I will do all that I can to ensure that the student-athletes stay disciplined in their studies, on the court and in the community. They are all in a position to achieve great success in all those areas and it is my responsibility at this time to reassure them that their goals to graduate, win a championship and continue to proudly represent their school are very much attainable. I surrounded myself with great assistant coaches in Rob Norris, Derrick Worrels and Gabe Michael - all guys I feel will be stars in the coaching ranks and I commend them for their loyalty and friendship."
Parrotta continued, "My emphasis on what was best for my players was always at the forefront of my philosophy. They routinely graduate in three years and attain a master's degree in four. They played with the same passion in which I coach and were wonderful representatives of Canisius College and the Buffalo community. Most importantly, my wife and I nurtured them as our own sons and we enjoyed much satisfaction in watching them grow and mature as people. I thank them for entrusting my family with the great responsibility of touching their lives in a way that holds them as individuals with their futures as the top priority. To me, this is what coaching is all about. I now take that philosophy with me in my future coaching career in the pursuit of winning championships and touching lives."