LHS Basketball Coach Darnell Parker

passed away Sunday, July 24

By Chuck Gibson 

LOVELAND, OH (July 25, 2022) – It is a sad day in the Tiger Nation of Loveland, Ohio this Monday, July 25, 2022 as the news of the passing of Loveland Girls Basketball Coach Darnell Parker spreads throughout the community. 

LHS Girls Basketball Coach Darnell Parker (FILE)

Loveland Schools announced the passing of Coach Parker with the following message from the Director of Communications and Community Engagement Andrew Setters: 

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Loveland High School girls basketball coach Darnell Parker. He died peacefully on Sunday, July 24. He was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer in 2020.

“Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. Darnell was an amazing person and demonstrated tremendous character and determination during his battle. His enthusiasm and optimism were contagious.  He leaves a legacy of leadership and grace in our community,” Superintendent Mike Broadwater said.

Parker is survived by his children Alexis and Madison, and his wife, Samantha, who is expecting their first child.

Here are just a few of his accomplishments during his five seasons with Loveland:

    • ECC Coach of the Year in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
    • Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame Ohio Girls Co-Coach of the Year 2020-2021
    • ECC Girls Basketball Champions in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
    • Overall record: 93 – 31
    • 7 total 1st Team ECC selections and 8 total 2nd Team ECC selections

“Coach Darnell Parker always had the biggest smile, a positive outlook, and an infectious laugh. He loved his basketball family and he shined on the sidelines as their leader. We are all better people having been in his presence and felt his enthusiasm for life. We will miss you, Coach Parker. Forever, Go Tigers! Forever, Our Way!” Brian Conatser, former Loveland Athletic Director and current LHS Assistant Principal said.

Loveland Schools staff has already been in contact with our girls basketball players to support them during this difficult time. If other students are in need of support, please reach out to your principal to be connected to additional resources.

Conference Coach of the Year 2020-2021 Darnell Parker (Provided)

On a personal note, I never met Coach Parker face-to-face, but we exchanged emails regarding the girls basketball team as they prepared to begin the 2022-2021 season. Coach Parker also spoke to me by phone as that special season got underway. He was more than pleasant, more than helpful and given that his fight with cancer had begun, Coach Parker was far more than upbeat and positive. He was absolutely ParkerStrong. I regret the fact I never made his personal acquaintance. I am most certain it is my loss. At the same time, I feel I  came to know him through connecting on social media. Only one word need be said: INSPIRING!  I think I speak for many today when I say I BELIEVED Coach Parker would win his fight with cancer, and I am stunned and saddened by the news of his passing. Yet, I know deep down, like many of us, Coach Parker was truly a winnner right to his final peaceful breath. 

Rest In Peace Coach Parker. You are already missed by so many who love you and have been inspired by you. #ParkerStrong