Alaska Nanooks muster fury in second half, but men's basketball team can't beat Montana State Billings

Alaska’s Parish West, second from right, dislodges the ball from the hands of Montana State’s Robert Mayes. John Wagner/News-Miner

The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ women’s basketball team continues to add well known local names to their coaching greats. Now, a former star player will be helping out from the sideline.

Parish West, who stared with the men’s basketball team from 2009-2011, has joined interim head coach Jessie Craig’s staff as an assistant for the up coming season. His first day with the team was Monday, Oct. 4.

“Parrish brings a wealth of knowledge both on and off the court to our women’s basketball program,” said UAF Athletic Director Brock Anundson. “His coaching and leadership style will be a great compliment to coach Craig’s program, as we are both excited to welcome back a former Nanook. I believe Parrish will show incredible dedication to our athletic goals and student-athletes, as he dives right into the start of the season.”

West was true standout during his playing days with the Nanooks. In the ‘09 season, West played 12 games, winning GNAC Player of the Week once while averaging 22.3 points per game during that span. The 6’5 forward was even better the next season as he led not only the GNAC, but the NCAA Division II in scoring at 27.2 PPG. That mark set a new school record for scoring.

West also owns the single game school scoring record with a 43 point performance against St. Martins in 2011. In 2011, West scored 30 points or more 13 times, including seven consecutive games while being named MVP of the team and First-Team All-Conference.

“I am extremely blessed to have Parrish join my coaching staff,” said Craig. “He has a wealth of knowledge as one of the top players to come out of UAF, as a high school coach and as a pro-trainer. He knows the GNAC well and will be instrumental in helping build our program.”

The Nanooks begin their season Nov. 19 in Anchorage against Texas Permian Basin.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

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