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Father-Daughter Coaching Connections

Eleva-Strum head coach Krystal Parr & dad Dale Parr Eleva-Strum head coach Krystal Parr & dad Dale Parr
Chippewa Falls head coach Ali Becker & dad Ed Langham Chippewa Falls head coach Ali Becker & dad Ed Langham

Strum, Chippewa Falls (WQOW) -- Girls high school basketball coaches Krystal Parr (Eleva-Strum) and Ali Becker (Chippewa Falls) are each coaching with their fathers this season.

Dale Parr's coaching career has come full circle.  Back in the mid-1970's, his first job out of college was head boys basketball coach at Eleva-Strum.  Some forty years later, he's back at Eleva-Strum, but now with the girls program.

"I'm a head coach," says Dale Parr, "I've never really been an assistant coach, this is my first chance of actually taking second fiddle, if you want to say it that way, or just being the person that suggests things."

"I'm his daughter," says E-S head coach Krystal Parr,  "so we do have confrontations sometimes about when he has a different view on something and I have a different view, but I just keep reminding him that, you know, it's my learning experience and my coaching experience, so I'll take his feedback but in the end it's my decision."

In the gym, the roles are fairly well defined:  Krystal is the head coach; Dale is the assistant coach...but the father-daughter dynamic is always there.

"I sometimes just sit back and watch him because I see how much fun he is having coaching and I've never gotten to look at it from that standpoint," Krystal says, "I've always been the player and he's always been the coach, how I see myself in him, and I'm like, wow, he just did that a few years ago and now I'm doing it, so it's fun."

"Since kindergarten, she wanted to be a coach, and my dream was the same thing," says Dale,  "I wanted to be a player, first, and then coach, second, and that was Krystal, she said Dad, I'm going to be a coach, just like you."

About 33 miles north of Eleva-Strum High School, is Chippewa Falls High School, where there's another father-daughter dynamic on a coaching staff.  Alison Becker is the head coach, with her dad, Ed Langham, her high school coach at Clayton, is the assistant.

"I think my dad, he's more of the leader type, and I'm a leader, too," says Ali Becker, "the first few games, I mean, it wasn't anything major, but now he's handing the clipboard to me this year, rather than him drawing the stuff up right away, last year I'd kind of take it from him a little bit, he didn't mean anything by it, he's an in-charge kind of guy, and so am I, but it's been wonderful, and we work together really well, I think."

"Working with Alison, she's certainly her own person," Ed Langham says, "she has lots of experiences beyond high school, as a player, and she has lots of resources that she has as coaches, and she still talks to them sometimes, so she has her own ideas and I support those, and so far, in my opinion, it's gone very well."

"In having my own kids, I can see how special these moments really are," says Ali, "just really grateful and I've been cherishing every moment I've had with my dad, and the game of basketball."

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