Richard Allen Parfitt (May 13, 1931 – September 6, 2021) was an American college basketball coach. He was head coach for Central Michigan University (CMU) from 1971 to 1985, during which time he led their move from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division I.
|Born||May 13, 1931|
Gratiot County, Michigan
|Died||September 6, 2021 (aged 90)|
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1962–1971||Central Michigan (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 MAC regular season (1975, 1977)|
|MAC Coach of the Year (1975)|
Parfitt was born in Gratiot County, Michigan and attended Central Michigan College, where he played basketball and baseball for the Chippewas. Following his graduation in 1953, he became a teacher and high school basketball coach in Laingsburg, Michigan, starting a prep coaching career that would last until 1962 when he returned to his alma mater as an assistant basketball and baseball coach. In 1971 he was named head coach upon the resignation of Ted Kjolhede. Parfitt served as Central Michigan's head coach as the program transitioned from the NAIA to NCAA Division I status, joining the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in the 1972–73 season. Parfitt quickly built a successful program, winning conference titles and earning the school's first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1975 and 1977. In all, Parfitt served 14 seasons as the Chippewas' head coach, compiling a career record of 192–179.
- Paul, Tony (September 8, 2021). "'Great basketball mind': Dick Parfitt, who coached CMU to two NCAAs, dies at 90". The Detroit News. Retrieved September 14, 2021.
- "CMU rewards graduate Parfitt for patience". Lansing State Journal. April 25, 1971. p. 62. Retrieved September 14, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Richard Allen Parfitt, 1931–2021". Legacy.com. Retrieved September 14, 2021.