Parks Honored as a Northern Idaho Girls' Sports Pioneer

March 3, 2008

Pam Parks, the associate athletic director/senior woman administrator at Eastern Washington University, has been honored as one of 12 individuals named as "Girls' Sports Pioneers" in northern Idaho. Parks and the other highly-respected women were honored for their defining roles in the advancement of girls' sports in that region.

The 1974 graduate of Eastern Washington (and former setter for the volleyball team) served as an EWU head coach for three years before she, with the recommendation of fellow honoree Pat Smith, made the move to Sandpoint High School and would lead the Bulldogs to their first-ever state title in 1980.

Parks compiled a 65-10 overall record in her three years at the school and also was co-founder of the Ohana junior volleyball program in north Idaho. She and the other 11 honorees were honored at a dinner at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Feb. 23. The HREI, an institution with goals to promote human rights as an essential element of a just and successful democracy, played host to the event as part of a Women's Coaching Summit.

Each of the 12 individuals had devoted much of their respective lives to promoting girls' sports in the northern Idaho region. All served as coaches, while some also gave to the local sports scene by acting as referees, teachers and mentors.

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