From Averett:DANVILLE, Va. - Averett University men's basketball head coach Matt Parke has resigned, effective July30.Parke's wife, Liz, was offered a position to get her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Hawaii and the two will be moving to Honolulu next month."It is with a heavy heart that I step down as Averett's head coach to move with my wife as she pursues this new opportunity," Parke said. "When we moved here four years ago, Liz made a huge sacrifice for me by putting her career on hold. Earlier this year, we decided that she would pursue her doctorate to further her career. There are very few universities that offer the program she is seeking and Hawaii happens to be one of them."In four seasons at Averett, Parke's teams improved on and off the court each season. Since taking over the program in May 2010, his Cougars have increased their win total each season. In 2013-14, Averett finished second in the USA South Conference regular season standings. During his time at Averett, Parke also has put an emphasis on academics, community service and sportsmanship. In each of his four years, his team's grade point average has increased - a program-record eight men's basketball players earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors this past season. Additionally, his teams have earned the USA South's Sportsmanship award for men's basketball the past three seasons. His student-athletes also have increased their community service hours while establishing connections with the Danville Special Olympics and other local organizations."I want to thank Matt for his hard work and dedication during his time at Averett," Director of Athletics Meg Stevens said. "He and Liz have been a big part of our family the past four years and we wish them well as they embark on their new journey."Under Parke, the Cougars produced seven all-conference selections. The Bangor, Maine, native enjoyed his best season with the program in 2013-14 as Averett went 12-14 overall with a 9-5 record in the USA South."I believe the program is in a great place and with many of last year's key players returning, the future of Averett men's basketball is very bright," Parke said.
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