it as an athlete, a coach, an administrator, or an agent, Bill Parise
has exemplified sports excellence at all levels.
As an athlete, he was captain of an undefeated college gymnastics
team at the University of New Mexico. As a gymnastics coach, he had
a record of 102 victories to just one defeat. As an administrator,
he has become one of the most respected leaders in a world-renown
organization. As an agent, he has represented NFL All-Pros and gold
All of these traits are what landed Parise in the Hall of Fame.
A graduate of The University of New Mexico, Bill also did his post
graduate work there in the area of Exercise Physiology. As a
professional, Bill has developed a reputation as a gifted leader. He
has been CEO of YMCAs for 35 years, where he has demonstrated those
leadership skills. During his professional work he has led the
Beaver County YMCA from a near bankrupt organization to one of the
finest YMCAs in America, building a 72,000-square-foot state-of-the-art award-winning building with 11,000
Bill has been involved in the representation of professional
athletes since 1984, handling pro football players -- most notably
former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison -- and Olympic
track athletes and has represented them at the highest level. In the
2000 Sydney Olympics, Bill represented 15 athletes, including six
gold medal winners.
A registered NFLPA representative, Bill was also recognized
as one of the elite trainers in America, specializing in speed.
Also a member of the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame, Bill has
served on numerous boards including the Rochester School Board, the
Board of Trustees for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf,
the Aliquippa Hospital Board of Directors, the Salvation Army Board
of Directors, the Co-op for Economic Development Board of Directors,
and the St. Jude Golf Club Board of Trustees.
Bill has been married for 42 years to his high school sweetheart,
Linda, a secretary at Rochester High School and 1995 Pennsylvania
Volunteer of the Year. They have two children, Chad (who is
profoundly deaf) and Devan, a former PIAA state track champion who
was a scholarship athlete at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.