Luke Parsons stepping down as Ripley High Viking boys basketball coach

Mark Martin
Luke Parsons, the Ripley Viking head boys basketball coach the past three years, has announced he is stepping down from the job. Parsons is a former three-sport standout at the school.

Life is full of decisions.

And some of those are of the difficult variety.

Luke Parsons recently had to make one of the toughest in his young life.

Parsons has decided to resign from his post as the boys head basketball coach for Ripley High School, his alma mater.

Parsons, a former three-sport Viking standout, just wrapped up season No. 3 as the Viking leader.

As much as he loves the job, the father of two young children said there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do things the way he wanted.

“I can’t put the time in that’s needed,” he said.

Parsons guided Ripley to back-to-back 12-win seasons before an eight-win campaign this past year in a campaign plagued by COVID-19.

“It’s been a good three years,” he said. “The first two were really good. We had those kids all four years (counting his year as freshman coach). They knew what to expect.

“This year was a new team. The kids persevered and did what we asked them to do based on the circumstances.

"We didn't have any returners that played major varsity minutes from last year. They grew up this year and learned a lot. My four seniors are a group of kids who showed the team is bigger than yourself. Most of them did not get as much playing time but they never quit. They showed up for practice every day and did what we asked. I'm very proud of them. This shows what kind of character they have. This also is a testament to their parents and how they have raised these young men."

Parsons said he loved every second of being his alma mater’s head coach.

“Every year I would sit back and say, ‘Do I want to do it again,’” said Parsons, who has also worked as an assistant varsity football coach and both the head and assistant middle school football coach. “I always did.”

He hasn’t ruled out one day returning to the coaching world.

“I would probably do it when my kids are a little older,” he said. “I probably will get back into it in some capacity.”

Those who know what a fine leader of young men Parsons has been are certainly hopeful that will be the case.