Category: Culture

Lessons Learned From a Coaching Legend

July Better Life Award winner Chris Parrott learned about excellence and education from a women's basketball titan.

In East Tennessee, Chris Parrott’s affinity for rock ‘n roll is legendary. She’s attended hundreds of rock concerts. The band Aerosmith attended her wedding.

But the biggest rock star of Parrott’s life didn’t sell out arenas with guitar solos or vocal riffs; instead, she packed coliseums for her shows on the hardwood.

The late Pat Summitt led the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers to more wins than any other basketball coach in NCAA history, while making sure every one of her players graduated with a degree.

Parrott met Summitt while still in middle school and admired her commitment to excellence and education ever since. As an Onsite Banking Coordinator, Parrott reflects on the late coach as she guides college students through financial fundamentals to make sure they have a firm foundation in life.

Parrott is also a volunteer basketball coach for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, a nonprofit organization that promotes academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship for underserved youths. Regions is donating $1,000 to the clubs in honor of Parrott’s Better Life Award.

In addition to her work with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Parrott volunteers for United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Tennessee Achieves and the American Cancer Society.

When she’s not busy with work or her community commitments, Chris spends time with her husband growing their concert ticket collection, which currently numbers in the hundreds. From now to next year, they’ll see Jimmy Buffett, Van Morrison, Bob Segar and Foo Fighters. If one of Chris’ favorite acts is coming to your town, you may just catch her rocking out at a venue near you!