The Crater Comet boys basketball team will have its third coach in three years.

The Crater Comet boys basketball team will have its third coach in three years.

And John Parent hopes that trend ends with him.

Parent, a Rogue Valley native and former Comet basketball standout, was named as the replacement for Jared Casper on Friday. Casper is returning to Utah after posting a 5-19 record in his only season at the Crater helm.

"In all fairness to Jared Casper, he would have turned the program around if he would have stayed," said Parent, who was an assistant under Casper last year. "We need stability. I didn't like the direction the program was going. So I put my name in the hat and I got picked.

"Instead of complaining, I thought I had some good ideas to change the program."

Parent, 45, comes from an impressive coaching tree. The 1982 Crater graduate played and coached under Dave Orr at Crater and the legendary Dan Miles at Oregon Tech. Parent was a first-team Southern Oregon Conference selection and led the Comets to their first playoff game in school history.

"I bleed orange and black," Parent said. "My goal every year is to have a team challenge for the conference title, if not the state championship."

Parent will have his work cut out for him next year. The Comets' only two returning starters are sophomore guards Jordan Douglas and Justin Martin. Additionally, Crater will be competing during the regular season in a newly formed hybrid league that will include Class 6A schools North Medford, South Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg.

"We're not going to be big — our tallest player is 6-foot-2," said Parent. "We're going to get up and down the court and shoot a lot of 3's. We have to find a way to create easy buckets and flat out get after teams on defense."

Parent will attempt to establish a squad with a blue-collar work ethic that reflects his personal playing style.

"The thing I've always prided myself in was no one worked harder than me," Parent said. "I'm committed that our team won't be outhustled. The team that plays the hardest will come out on top more times than not."

Reach reporter Frank Silow at 541-776-4480 or e-mail fsilow@mailtribune.com