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Tom Parham, retired Elon professor/coach, publishes first book

A distinguished Elon tennis coach who retired in 2004 has published his first book on growing up in North Carolina and his memories of college athletics during a career that spanned four decades.

Tom Parham joined Elon in 1985 and recounts stories from his career in the book, “Play is Where Life Is,” which was featured Feb. 17 in the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Emerald Isle, N.C.

From his web site: “The author covers topics from his 40 year career in college athletics including integration, Title IX, television’s impact, and internationalization. He also gives his thoughts on children and parenting in sports and, for high school athletes, he covers how to select and get in the right college athletic program.”

While at Elon, Parham held the titles of associate professor in health and physical education (1985-2004), assistant director of athletics (1986-1991), associate director of athletics (1991-99) and director of tennis operations (1999-2004). He has also received the Elon Medallion and three National Community Service Awards.

The web site for the book is tomparham.wordpress.com

Anyone interested in purchasing a book can send a check for $27.95 with a return address to:

Play is Where Life Is
c/o Tom Parham
202 Blue Crab Court
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
or email the author at : ethomasparham@gmail.com

Eric Townsend,
2/19/2008 3:05 PM