In first season as head coach of the Hustlin’ Owls,
Justin Parnell’s team finished 24-10 overall, with a 15-5 record in the Cascade
Collegiate Conference (CCC). Oregon Tech placed 2nd in the CCC regular season
and were the runner-up in the conference tournament, earning a No. 5 seed in
the NAIA Division II National Tournament where they fell in the Round of 32 to
Saint Francis (Ind.), 100-92. Oregon Tech was ranked as high as No. 15 in the
NAIA Division II national poll, and finished the year at No. 22. The Owls were 17-1
at home, where they knocked off team’s ranked No. 5, 6, 11 and 17.
Playing a fast-paced, physical and unselfish style,
Oregon Tech averaged nearly 90 points per game and finished the year nationally
ranked 2nd in rebounds per game (43.5) and 3-point field goal percentage defense
(30.2%), and were No. 6 in assists (602). The Owls had numerous individual postseason
honors, led by senior Joel Yellow Owl, who collected 2nd Team All-American and
1st Team All Cascade Conference awards. Freshman Mitchell Fink was selected as the
CCC Newcomer of the Year and received All-Conference Honorable Mention. Senior
Brandon Halter was also selected as a CCC honorable mention.
Prior to his takeover at Oregon Tech, Parnell served
three years as an assistant coach and one as the associate head coach for the
Hustlin' Owls, where Tech accumulated a three-year record of 69-29, including a
CCC championship and a Sweet 16 appearance at the 2011 NAIA National Tournament. Prior
to coaching at Oregon Tech, Parnell served as head coach at Lost River High
School, leading the Pirates to a 20-9 mark and an Southern Cascade League (SCL)
District Title. Parnell was named the SCL Coach of the Year, and coached the
Raiders to the Round of 16 during the 2011-12 season. During that time, he
spent one year at Clackamas Community College as an assistant women's coach
where the Cougars finished the 2014-15 season with an 18-9 overall mark.
Parnell, a Sutherlin, Oregon native, played two seasons at Oregon Tech
(2008-10), averaging 17.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and five assists during that
span. In his senior season, Parnell became Oregon Tech’s seventh NAIA
First-Team All-American, and earned NAIA Honorable Mention honors in his freshman
season with the Owls. Parnell led Oregon Tech to two-straight CCC
regular-season and tournament titles, a pair of Sweet 16 appearances at the
NAIA Division II men’s basketball championships, and never lost a game playing
on Danny Miles Court (38-0). Parnell was named Cascade Collegiate Conference
Newcomer of the Year after the 2009 season, and CCC Player of the Year
accolades at the conclusion of the 2010 season. He graduated from Oregon Tech
in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies.
Parnell and his wife Joey, an Oregon Tech Echocardiography Technology graduate
and former All-CCC Volleyball standout, have a son (Jase) and daughter (Rylie).