If you’re a Bob Dylan fan, there’s great news “Blowin’ in the Wind” for you: Former Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) tennis coach and alumnus Tom Parham has donated his collection of over 30 books and 4 DVDs about Dylan to Hackney Library’s collections. They have just been cataloged and are waiting for you to come check them out! To find them, you can search the catalog by typing in “Tom Parham Dylan.”
In addition to being a hardcore Bob Dylan devotee, Tom Parham is a 1963 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (ACC), now Barton College. He was awarded the Barton College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.
Not only is Parham an ACC alumnus, but he also became an employee of Atlantic Christian College the year after his graduation. From 1964 to 1983 he coached tennis at the College and from 1983 to 1985 he served as Athletic Director. He led the Bulldogs to NAIA National Tennis Championships in 1979 and 1984, and earned another NAIA National Championship for Elon University in 1990, where he served as tennis coach from 1985 until his retirement in 2004. Parham was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1977, 1979, 1985, and 1990. For his service to collegiate tennis and his achievements in the sport, Parham was named in 1979 to North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor awarded in the state of North Carolina. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including induction into several athletic halls of fame and receiving the Elon Medallion, the University’s highest honor, upon his retirement in 2004.
Parham holds a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Physical Education from Barton College/ACC. He serves on the N.C. Tennis Association’s Board of Directors. He is also the author of several books, including The Little Green Book of Tennis, Play is Where Life Is, and ALOT (A Level of Thinking), all of which Hackney Library has in its collections.
Parham, professor emeritus at Elon University, now resides in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, with his wife Margaret.