Stellar three-sport athlete at Old Town High School and the nearby University of Maine, Bernard (Bunny) Parady launched a coaching career (especially basketball) that attained legendary proportions.
In 26 years of coaching, first at Mt. Desert High School and later at the larger, Consolidated Mt. Desert Island High, Parady's teams made 24 appearances in Eastern Maine basketball tournaments. The MD Mustangs and MDI Trojans amassed an overall 320-169 record and a 40-17 tourney mark.
His finely meshed combines won seven sectional championships and four state titles in three different divisions, five times Eastern Maine runners-up, teamwork ever the Parady code. Parady also well served the entire sports program and his various communities in civic capacities. Bunny added cross country and baseball coaching along the way. He became Mt. Desert Island's ideal athletic director in addition to his hoop duties. He was voted coach of the year three times by his fellow coaches and was honored as athletic director of the year by the Maine Athletic Directors Association in 1984.
Parady placed second in the Bangor Daily News poll for coach of the century in 1984. Further kudos: The Maine Association of Basketball Coaches dedicated the fifth annual East-West Senior all-Star basketball games to Parady.
Another legend in himself, noted football coach and Maine Sports Hall of Famer, Dick MacPherson, best sums up his fellow townsman:
"Bunny Parady's main claim to fame and outstanding recognition is that he typifies what each graduate of a college of physical education should be. Through the medium and discipline of his degree, he epitomizes the impact that a great teacher and coach can have in the school, a community, an area and the State of Maine. No one did this better than Bernard Parady".
Bunny and his wife Elizabeth are both deceased.
They are survived by 5 children, Stephen, Pamela, Kim, Jan and Scott.
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