Aram Parunak is the Chief Basketball Officer and Founder of Hoops College. Parunak’s extensive experiences with all levels of basketball as well as technology give him a wealth of knowledge and experiences that he would like to make available to the world.
Parunak most recently won the 2017-2018 USCAA D2 Women's National Championship as an assistant coach with Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC. He helped lead the team to a 22-4 overall record, coaching two USCAA All Americans and the Most Valuable Player in the national tournament.
Prior to launching Hoops College as a full time endeavor, Parunak was the Executive Director at Combine Academy. Here he started the women’s program and helped numerous players develop and find college scholarship opportunities to continue their educations and athletic careers.
Prior to Combine, he served as an assistant coach at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. He helped lead the Blue Hose to their most successful season in the program’s Division 1 history while coaching four players to All Conference Honors, the most in program history. Prior to Presbyterian, Parunak served as the Director of Basketball Operations at UNC-Asheville for one season. He was responsible for scouting of opponents, film breakdown and other film needs. He also coordinated all aspects of team travel, alumni outreach, while assisting with equipment management and recruiting efforts.
Parunak joined UNC Asheville after serving as Associate Head Coach at the Apprentice School (Newport News, VA), for the past six seasons. In his six years, the Apprentice School had an overall record of 101-58 and was one of the top USCAA programs in the country. As the associate head coach, he was involved in every aspect of the program. During the 2013-14 season the Lady Builders went to the USCAA Final Four. They ended the season with an overall record of 22-5 and a final national ranking of 3rd. Parunak was also instrumental in recruiting and developing five players that finished their careers with All-American honors. Parunak came to the Lady Builders following a one year stint at NCAA Division II Coker College. Prior to Coker, he coached the youth and AAU girls basketball as well the UNC Chapel Hill Women’s Basketball Club team for three years where they won a regular season title, finished second twice and was tournament runner-up twice.
Parunak graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2000 with a degree in math and obtained his master’s degree in adult education from the University of Phoenix. He is married to the former Kristin Kidd who is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Queens University at Charlotte.
Bryan Bagwell is the Chief Development Officer at Hoops College. He is responsible for the development of current and future program offerings. He also covers all services to coaches in Eastern North Carolina.
For the past 15 years Bagwell has been a head coach and an assistant coach in both men’s and women’s basketball. He has worked at levels including high school, junior college, and the NCAA.
For the 2018 season, Bagwell served the University of Mount Olive as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach after a previous four-year stent from 2008-2012. In 2018 he worked to develop the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year who also finished second in voting for Hero Sports D2 Women’s Basketball National Player of the Year.
According to Head Coach Wendy Lee, “Bryan brings with him a tremendous work ethic and a strong attention to detail that I really appreciate in a coach. Bryan has a genuine passion for teaching the game and a clear understanding of what it means to help develop great people, not just great players.”
During his previous stent at Mount Olive, Bagwell assisted in three Conference Carolinas regular season second place finishes (2009, 2011, 2012), and two Conference Carolinas Tournament runner-up finishes (2009, 2011). He was the recruiting coordinator and was responsible for skill development for both guards and post players. Bagwell also coached two second-team All-Region selections (2009, 2011), one Conference Carolinas’ Player of the Year (2010-2011), and seven all-conference selections.
Bagwell also helped manage the team’s academic success at Mount Olive. One such student-athlete was a two-time CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team honoree (2010, 2011) and graduated Summa Cum Laude garnering the highest academic average at Mount Olive College in 2011.
Before his return to the University of Mount Olive, Bagwell spent two years as the head coach for Men’s Basketball at Lenoir Community College. There he mentored young men and tried to help them reach their future goals of playing at four-year universities. Beyond basketball, Bagwell organized a series of off-the-floor lectures to further the development of the student-athlete as a whole person.
“Coach Bryan Bagwell was one of my best hires as an Athletic Director,” says Shelly Barnes, “Not only did Bryan understand the game, he came more prepared than any coach I’ve worked with, was always professional, and fun to be around. Bryan was all in--all in for the betterment of the player on the court; all in for the player in the classroom; and most importantly, in life.”
During the 2014-2015 season, Bagwell was an assistant coach for the perennial power, Louisburg College Women’s Basketball. There he was in charge of all opposition scouting reports, and he was instrumental in skill development which propelled several student-athletes to NCAA Division I and Division II scholarships.
Prior to Louisburg, Bagwell was at Mars Hill University where he coached the South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2014). Bagwell helped the Lions to two Second Team All-Conference Selections (2013,2014) and one All-SAC Freshman Team Selection (2013). In 2014, Bagwell led a campaign in conjunction with local businesses to help Mars Hill raise funds for the Play 4Kay Foundation.
Before any of his collegiate experience, Bagwell served as assistant girl’s high school coach at North Johnston High School (2004-2008) and assistant boy's high school coach at Western Guilford High School (2003-2004).
Bagwell graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in History. He and his wife Camille currently reside in Raleigh, N.C.