Runnin' Utes Basketball Camps
Tommy Connor is in his third year as a Utah assistant coach under head coach Larry Krystkowiak. It is his second stint with the Utes, following four years as an assistant coach under the late Rick Majerus from 1994-97. Connor, a former Utah player (1986-88, 1990), returns to his alma mater after a very successful 12-year stint as the head coach at Westminster College (NAIA).
Connor was a four-year starter for the Runnin' Utes at point guard. After graduating with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, he spent three years as a Graduate Assistant and another four years as an assistant coach at Utah under Majerus. During his time on the bench, Connor helped guide Utah to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight as well as the NIT "Final Four", while capturing four Western Athletic Conference championships.
In a stellar 12-year career at Westminster, Connor led the Griffins to a 264-114 (.698) overall record, while proving even more dominant in Frontier Conference play with a 126-40 (.759) mark. Those numbers become more impressive when considering that Connor built the program from scratch after it was reinstated prior to the 1999-2000 season.
Under Connor, Westminster posted 10 seasons with at least 20 wins, including nine straight from 2002-2011. The Griffins have won seven regular-season Frontier Conference championships and two conference tournament titles. Connor is a five-time Frontier Conference Coach of the Year and his teams qualified for nine NAIA National Championship appearances.
Connor coached 17 players to NAIA All-American status and had one NAIA National Player of the Year. The Griffins also had five players named Frontier Conference Player of the Year and saw 36 players earn all-conference honors. Westminster was also successful in the classroom as 44 players earned NAIA Scholar Athlete honors and 108 players were named Academic All-Frontier Conference. Westminster led the nation with the most NAIA Scholar Athletes in back-to-back years from 2009-2011.
Connor has been married to his wife Kathryn for 24 years. He has a son, Jake, and two daughters Sydney and Cass.
DeMarlo Slocum is in his third year as an assistant coach with the Utes following a three-year stint in the same position at Colorado State.
In his three seasons at Utah and CSU, Slocum has worked primarily with the guards and shared recruiting responsibilities. Before coming to Colorado State, Slocum served as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho.
Prior to joining the Idaho Vandals, Slocum was the head coach of the Las Vegas Prospects AAU team for five years. During his tenure, the Prospects were ranked among the top five AAU teams on the west coast. Slocum has worked at various collegiate basketball development camps across America, as well as the West Coast All-Star Camp and the Adidas Superstar Camp.
Slocum, a native of Las Vegas, also served one season as an assistant coach at Dixie State College before moving on to the University of Southern California to become the Trojans' Director of Basketball Operations. In one season with USC, Slocum was in charge of on-campus recruiting, team travel, scouting and camp coordination.
As a student-athlete, Slocum spent two years at Dixie State before playing his final two seasons at Georgia Southern, where he earned a degree in public recreation/kinesiology in 2001. During his junior season at Georgia Southern, he was the team's second-leading scorer, before finishing fourth in scoring as a senior.
Andy Hill is in his third year as an assistant coach with the Utes. He came to Utah from Montana, where he spent seven years in the same role, including two seasons under current Runnin' Ute Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak.
In his seven seasons at Montana, Hill helped the Grizzlies to three NCAA Tournament appearances, most recently in 2010, as well as a CBI bid in 2011. Montana also reached the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game in four of his seven seasons. In Hill's two years under Krystkowiak from 2004-06, Montana went 42-20 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth both years, advancing to the second round in 2006.
Among Hill's duties at Montana were assisting with scheduling of games, coordinating camps, on-court coaching and recruiting. Additionally, he was instrumental in coordinating the annual coaching clinics and also worked closely with the fund-raising efforts of UM's Roundball Club.
Hill served as a graduate assistant coach during the 2003-04 season at Eastern Washington, which won the Big Sky Conference that year. While at EWU, Hill was involved in the promotion of the Eagles' camps and assisted in recruiting as well.
During the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons Hill served as an assistant at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. In his two seasons, the Warriors advanced to consecutive NAIA National Tournaments. He was also an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., during the 2000-01 season.
Hill graduated from Eastern Washington in 2000 with a degree in education.
Director of Basketball Operations
Norm Parrish is in his third year as Utah's Director of Basketball Operations. Parrish joined the Runnin' Utes after 20 years as the head basketball coach at Salt Lake Community College.
This will be Parrish's second stint with Utah men's basketball, after serving one year as a graduate assistant under the late Lynn Archibald in 1988-89.
Parrish guided SLCC to unprecedented success, including a 20-win season in 2011 and a trip to the Region 18 championship game. In 2009, the team won the NJCAA national championship, the first in school history, along with its second consecutive Region 18 championship. Parrish received the 2009 NJCAA National Coach of the Year award for his efforts. In 2008, he coached the Bruins to a first-place finish in the Region 18 tournament and a runner-up finish at the NJCAA national championships.
A five-time Region 18 Coach of the Year, Parrish also led the Bruins to the 2000 SWAC regular-season championship. In 1994, just his third season as head coach, Parrish steered SLCC to the Region 18 Tournament title and a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA national championships. Parrish finished with a career record of 447-198 (.693), eclipsing the 20-win mark 14 times.
Under Parrish's stewardship, SLCC had 20 NJCAA All-Americans and 24 NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Nearly 50% of his players have moved on to compete at the NCAA Div. I level, with several now playing professionally in the NBA and overseas.
In his time at SLCC, Parrish recruited and coached players from all over the United States and many foreign countries, including Greece, England, Turkey, Australia, Switzerland, Brazil, Russia, Serbia, and the West African countries of Senegal, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast. Returned LDS missionaries were also an integral part of his recruiting process.
Before coming to Utah under Archibald, Parrish was an assistant at Nampa High School in Idaho, coaching football and basketball. Parrish played his collegiate ball at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, and then at Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa. He received all-region honors at both institutions. Parrish attended Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah, where he received all-state honors in football and basketball.
Parrish earned his Bachelor's degree from Northwest Nazarene in 1987 and received a Master's from Utah State in 1993. He and his wife Kaye have three sons, Travis (20), who is serving an LDS mission in Singapore, Matt (17) and Collin (13).
Director of Player Development and Camps
Phil Cullen is entering his second season on the Utah staff after returning to his alma mater as the Director of Player Development and Camps. This followed a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University.
Cullen played for Utah from 1998-2002 and helped the Utes to a 90-35 record during that span, including a 28-5 mark in his freshman year. One of the Mountain West Conference's top 3-point shooters during his career, Cullen can still be found in the Utah record books ranked sixth in career 3-pointers made (153) and 3-pointers attempted (396).
Cullen received his bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah in 2006 and earned his master's in leadership from GCU in 2012.
Cullen and his wife, Tara, his daughter, Josie and son, Rueben.