Just a few months ago, Emily Parslow was wrapping up a superb basketball career at Sage College, where her shooting exploits thrust the guard to the top of several record lists.
This season, Parslow will be teaching some of the techniques that got her there. The recently turned 22-year-old is part of a basketball youth movement at Gloversville High School that includes both players and its new varsity girls’ head coach.
“The hardest part is I’m going to want to get out there and play,” Parslow said with a laugh.
Parslow was approved Thursday by the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education to coach basketball and junior varsity girls’ soccer, and teach physical education, at the high school.
She will begin her scholastic coaching career Monday morning, when the fall sports season officially begins in New York state.
“By doing the soccer, she will get to know the girls right away,” Gloversville athletic director Mike DeMagistris said. “That is only going to help her.”
DeMagistris said he is not concerned with Parslow’s age and lack of experience in the coaching field, noting that the Fonda-Fultonville graduate has been involved in athletics since her youth and has learned from some excellent mentors.
“Not at all,” DeMagistris said. “Everyone has to get a shot at some time. She is getting that shot, and I think she is going to do a great job. She has a passion for athletics. We are excited to have her. She had a great career at Fonda and a great career at Sage, and she is a proven winner.”
Parslow played softball, soccer and basketball at Fonda-Fultonville. As a basketball player, she was named her team’s most valuable player four times while setting a bunch of scoring marks.
“I already know the offense I want to run,” Parslow said. “I would like to play fast, but I’ve got to see what I have. I am looking to have some open gyms so I can get a look at the girls.”
Gloversville graduated four seniors, including two-time Daily Gazette All-Area first-team selection and Section II career 3-point leader Harmony Philo as well as Kendra Lavery. The tandem averaged a combined 42 points per game last season.
“We graduated quite a few girls. I was told it’s going to be a rebuilding year,” said Parslow, who was named the Sage co-Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. “I know I have a lot of work to do.”
Gloversville won 16 games last season and posted 17 victories the season before under then-coach Molly D’Arcy, who stepped away from the program for family reasons.
“The last five, six years, we’ve had a great stretch,” DeMagistris said. “We also lost some great players. I am confident she [Parslow] will do to right things.”
Parslow received her coaching baptism earlier this year with the AAU New York Havoc fifth-grade girls’ team.
“She is a student of the game. She knows about strength training and conditioning. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy,” DeMagistris said.
DeMagistris believes Parslow will be part of the Gloversville athletic family for quite some time.
“It’s nice when you have someone from the area,” he said. “She is going to stay here. We’re going to get a lot of good years from her. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up coaching three sports at some point in time.”