For Roger Parham, the math was simple when his latest coaching opportunity arose.
It puts him nine miles from his home in Dacula, rather than the 42 to Gainesville.
The outgoing Gainesville softball head coach has taken a position at Brookwood High as assistant coach for baseball and softball and physical education department head.
Parham won 17 games and Region 8-AAAAA Coach of the Year honors in 2014, his lone season at the helm of the Lady Red Elephants program.
“It was just an opportunity I couldn’t turn down to go back to Gwinnett,” Parham said.
Parham previously was head softball and baseball coach at South Gwinnett, where he won a 1997 softball state title, and head softball coach and assistant baseball coach at Mill Creek, where his group was 2011 softball state runner-up, before coming to Gainesville.
He led the program as it returned to an on-campus field in the fall.
He thanked David Presnell and Adrian Niles with the school system for making his and athletic director Wayne Vickery’s vision for the field a reality.
“I’m so thankful that coach Vickery and (principal LaCrisia) Larkin gave me this opportunity to come to Gainesville,” Parham said. “I’ve always looked at Gainesville’s athletic program as something to be envied, and I still do.”