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Justin Parnell

Justin Parnell, Head Coach

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).


Paul Poetsch

Paul Poetsch, Assistant Basketball Coach

Paul Poetsch begins his eighth season as an assistant Coach for the Hustlin’ Owls, working with players on shooting techniques and other facets of the game.

Poetsch retired in June 2011 as a school administrator in the Klamath Basin after 24 years, spending the last five as the personnel director for the Klamath County School District.

In his playing days Poetsch led the Oregon Community College ranks in scoring for two seasons before moving on to Western Oregon University. As a captain at WOU, Poetsch led the Wolves to a league championship in 1979-80 and a 2nd place finish in the district playoffs, earning 2nd team All-Evergreen Conference accolades.

Poetsch then began his coaching career, beginning at WOU with the junior varsity program in 1980-81. The following year Paul took the varsity boys job at Perrydale High School. In his three years with the Pirates he was named CASCO League Coach of the Year in 1983. In 1984 Poetsch moved to Klamath Falls and coached the Mazama High School girls team from 1985-88 where he was named the Southern Oregon Conference Coach of the Year in both 1987 and 1988.

Paul and his beautiful bride, Fritz, are going on 32 years of blissful marriage.  The happy couple are the proud parents of son Garrett and daughters Janae and Kailee and new grandparents of granddaughter Logan.

Josh Wetzler

Josh Wetzler, Assistant Coach

Josh Wetzler begins his second year as an assistant coach for OIT. Originally from Perth, Australia, he and Head Coach Justin Parnell were teammates during the 2008-09 season where the duo never lost a game at Danny Miles Court.  Josh’s wife, Marcie, played four seasons of volleyball and a year of basketball during her time at Oregon Tech from 2002-05.

Wetzler, a four-year player at Tech from 2005-09, helped the Hustlin’ Owls to their second NAIA Division II basketball crown in 2008 where he was also named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team.   Wetzler ranks No. 6 in both all-time rebounds at NAIA Division II tournament play (105) and rebounds in a single tournament (56).   Wetzler averaged 9.4 points and 9.3 rebounds his final two seasons at Tech, where he also earned Cascade Collegiate Conference honorable mention honors.  Wetzler is No. 2 in Career Field Goal percentage (.673) at Oregon Tech on 396-of-588 shooting and No. 2 in Career Rebounds with 1026.  Wetzler holds the Owls’ single-season field goal percentage record after connecting on 72.9 percent of his attempts in 2008.

Following his career at Oregon Tech Wetzler continued competing abroad, notably in Germany as well as in his home country of Australia. Wetzler also competed for the Seattle Mountaineers in the ABA, as well in the Jamal Crawford Seattle Pro Am.

 "I am very grateful to Coach Parnell and the staff at Oregon Tech for the opportunity to assist the men's basketball program, said Wetzler.  “The Tech basketball program and the people of the Klamath Basin had such a major impact on my life, I truly look forward to the opportunity in helping athletes share in similar experiences."