ADDISON – For more than 30 years, Paul Parpet was a fixture of Addison Trail High School athletics.
He joined the AT staff in 1976 as a physical education teacher, and later taught driver’s education and served as the Physical Education Department Chair. During his time at Addison Trail, Parpet coached baseball, football and basketball. He was named as head baseball coach in 1990 and held that position until he retired in 2010.
In honor of his long and successful coaching career, Parpet will be inducted into the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) Hall of Fame Saturday.
“He has been an inspiration to both the students and athletes of Addison Trail,” AT Principal Adam Cibulka said in a release. “He has made a positive impact on countless students, both in the classroom and on the field. Coach Parpet’s enthusiasm and love for his school and students are unrivaled. I am honored to have worked with him, and his legacy lives on [at our school] today.”
Although he retired three years ago, Parpet continues to coach the varsity girls bowling team at Addison Trail as well as football at Downers Grove North and baseball at Downers Grove South.
“Teaching and coaching are synonymous,” Parpet said. “If you enjoy teaching, you’re going to enjoy coaching. Being nominated for and receiving this award is a great honor. Any time you’re recognized by your peers, it’s pretty neat. This award isn’t just for me – it’s for the school and the community as well. I will always bleed Addison Trail navy blue, and that school will forever be a huge part of my life.”
Parpet was also inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) Hall of Fame in 2002.
Parpet will be honored during the IHSBCA Hall of Fame dinner on Jan. 25. The dinner is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard.