Duo to be inducted into MSU Athletic Hall of Fame

MOREHEAD – Two individuals with longstanding ties to the Morehead and surrounding communities will be inducted into the Morehead State University Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.

Kandi (Brown) Parker, an Olive Hill native who is among the top women’s basketball players in school history, and Jim Wells, a lifelong Morehead resident who made significant contributions as a coach, administrator and supporter, will be inducted during a banquet on Oct. 9 and recognized during the Homecoming football game on Oct. 10.

“The Athletic Hall of Fame is the ultimate individual accolade our department can award,” Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. “It’s my pleasure to welcome Kandi and Jim to that list. They both made indelible marks on Morehead State through their athletic and administrative accomplishments.”

Parker was a four-year starter (2000-04) who still ranks first in Ohio Valley Conference history, plus third in NCAA Division I history, in free throw percentage (.915). She is still the only player in OVC history to lead the league in free throw percentage four consecutive seasons and knocked down 41 straight free throws during her senior season.

Parker ranks second in program history with 248 three-pointers. She also ranks among MSU’s career leaders in several categories, including fifth in free-throws made (357), seventh in steals (177), eighth in scoring (1,583), 10th in games played (114) and 11th in assists (363).

She was a Second-Team All-OVC selection her junior and senior campaigns and won the league’s 2003-04 Steve Hamilton Award, which honors significant athletics performance, good sportsmanship and citizenship.

Parker attended West Carter High School, where she played for her father, the late John “Hop” Brown. She helped WCHS win the state title in 1999-00 and was named a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American. She was also named Ashland Daily Independent All-Area Player of the Year three times.

Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 2005. Now a stay-at-home mother, Parker previously taught physical education at Raceland-Worthington Independent Schools (grades 5-12), Scott County Ninth Grade School, Martin (Tenn.) Elementary (grades 3-5) and Wayne (W.Va.) Middle School (grades 6-8). She is married to Gerad Parker, the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Purdue, and the couple’s daughters are Kolbi (3) and Gwyn (10 months).

Wells spent nearly 40 years in direct association with Morehead State. He attended the University Breckinridge School, on MSU’s campus, for elementary, middle and high school (1957-69) before serving four years as a student manager for the Eagle baseball program (1970-73).

Wells spent two years in the Morehead State public information office (1974-76), six years in the MSU sports information department (1976-82), managed the university’s Sunnybrook Golf Course for seven years (1982-89) and worked in Morehead State’s publications department for two years (1989-91).

He served as an assistant softball coach in 1990 before leading the Eagles to a then school-record 32 wins as head coach in 1991. The victory record stood until 2008.

After his brief coaching stint, Wells served 17 more years (1991-2008) in athletic administration. He held a variety of titles in the areas of compliance and educational services.

Wells continues to wear several hats on the amateur golf scene. He received the Kentucky Golf Association’s 2013 J.W. Janes Award, which recognizes significant contributions to amateur golf, and recently completed his ninth year on the KGA Board of Directors.

Wells has been an operations assistant when MSU has hosted OVC Volleyball Tournaments and Golf Championships and currently serves as the official scorekeeper for Eagle men’s and women’s basketball games at Johnson Arena.

Established in 1985, the Athletic Hall of Fame honors former Eagles whose achievements in athletics and as ambassadors of the university have had a positive impact on Morehead State. The Hall of Fame has enshrined 137 members.

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