Mustangs to honor its seniors prior to tipoff
Two teams meet for first time Thursday at 6 p.m. CT
SMU plays winner between No. 8 UCF and No. 9 Houston at 11 a.m.
Parker was a two-time All-American at Stephen F. Austin before coaching at SMU
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Deneen Parker is in her 20th year as an assistant coach with the SMU women's basketball program. As the Mustangs' recruiting coordinator, she is involved with the development of perimeter players and opponent scouting.
Parker has played an integral part in the establishment of a winning tradition at SMU. During her tenure, SMU has been a five-time participant in the NCAA Tournament (1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2007-2008) and a four-time participant in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (2004-05, 2008-2009, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2013-14).
During the 1998-99 season, SMU achieved a first for the program -- a Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Another first was achieved in the 1999-2000 season as the Mustangs captured their first WAC regular-season conference championship.
The Mustangs have won two conference tournament titles during Parker's time as an assistant (WAC - 1999, C-USA - 2008) and three regular season championships (WAC - 2000, C-USA - 2009 and 2013).
"I love, respect and appreciate the responsibility of my position on this staff," Parker said. "Teamwork makes the dream work - with that said, count on us working together toward our dream of continuing a winning tradition for SMU women's basketball."
Prior to joining the SMU staff in August 1995, Parker was a four-year letterwinner at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas (1990-94). Named the 1993-94 Athlete of the Year her senior year, Parker was also a two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year selection as well as a two-time District VI Kodak All-American. While at SFA, her team won the Southland Conference championship and reached the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament all four years. In 2010, Parker was named to SF Austin's Hall of Fame to commemorate her legendary career with the Ladyjacks.
Parker was a member of the gold medal women's basketball team (South) at the 1990-91 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.
In 1994, after playing professional basketball for six months overseas, Parker returned to Texas and coached a ninth-grade youth summer league in Arlington.
Parker graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1994, majoring in communications with a minor in marketing.
Although Parker's roots are in Rockford, Ill., she resided in Arlington, Texas, for the majority of her life and considers Texas her home. Parker is a 1989 graduate of James W. Martin High School in Arlington.