For Jim Parry, the third time proved to be the charm.
Parry, who had applied for the Niles McKinley High head football coaching position on two previous occasions, decided to throw his name into the mix once again when the job opened in early November.
This time, Parry’s persistence paid off. Tuesday evening, Parry was hired to guide the Red Dragons’ program. After being recommended by a five-person search committee and Niles superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen, Parry’s hiring was unanimously approved by the Niles board of education.
Parry replaces Brian Shaner, who parted ways with Niles following a six-year stint.
“Having grown up here in the 70’s, and having played for guys like Dave Pappada and Larry Kempe, it was impossible to go through all of that and not think about having this job,” Parry said. “That Niles tradition and everything and everyone that goes with it has been the driving force to pursue this opportunity.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.