Tom Parr, the football coach and athletic director at Hopkins, recently announced that he will retire at the end of the academic year in June.
Parr has served as the Hilltoppers’ head football coach for 33 seasons, compiling a 206-74 record. Parr won his 200th game with a 21-14 victory over rival Hamden Hall in 2011.
Parr guided Hopkins to four undefeated seasons, seven Fairchester League championships and four New England Championships. Parr previously coached for six seasons at Law and for two as an assistant at Colgate. Parr has been the school’s athletic director for the past 28 years.
“It’s time,” Parr said when reached Sunday. “The game is changing so much. It’s time for a new generation.”
Parr said the school will have an open application process to select the next football coach and athletic director.
During the all-student assembly held at the school Friday, Parr said:
For all the people — past and present — students, players, faculty, administrators, trustees, and most importantly my family, who have made these last 33 years the most enjoyable in my life, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget Hopkins and never forget the people who have made it such a great experience. I love you and I will miss you.
Hopkins Head of School Barbara Riley added: “I thank Tom Parr for all the ways he happily, doggedly and successfully raised up more ‘hopeful youths’ than any of us can count.”
Video taken from the Hopkins website.