Parsons Selected to Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame

Parsons Selected to Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame

Coast Guard Academy head men's soccer coach Chris Parsons was recently selected as a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame 2017's induction class. Parsons, who owns a career coaching record of 216-168-43 between coaching at the NCAA and the NJCAA level, has notched 132 of those wins at the Academy. He is only the second coach in school history with over 100 wins.

"I am very honored and proud to have been selected to be a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame," said Parsons.  "My passion for soccer was formed in Farmington, Connecticut where I grew up and played before departing for college.  To have a chance to come back to Connecticut to coach at this great institution was a great career move 15 years ago.  I owe thanks to many coaches, mentors and family members for this accomplishment."

Parsons has a 15-year record of 132-114-34 and has led the Bears to postseason play in 13 of his 15 seasons (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 2014, 2016), including the program's first NCAA berth in 33 years in 2014, just the third NCAA appearance all-time for the men's soccer program. Parsons also led the Bears to the ECAC Division III New England Championship in 2008 and again in 2012.

Parsons was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year in 2014 as the team went 13-3-3 overall and 4-1-2 in conference play.

Prior to 2003, Coast Guard had not played in the postseason since 1998. He was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2007 along with 2012 and 2014.

"The honor of being inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame is one that Chris Parsons richly deserves, said Coast Guard Academy Athletic Director Tim Fitzpatrick. "For 15 years, Chris has done an amazing job of helping to mold and mentor young men into leaders of character through the game of soccer here at the Coast Guard Academy.  His players have gone on to do great things as guardians of our country's freedom while serving as Coast Guard officers, after achieving an unquestioned legacy of competitive success on the field that is well known both throughout the region and nationally.  On behalf of the Coast Guard Academy, it is my pleasure to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Chris on his induction."

Parsons, who has 172 NCAA wins, was the head coach at Vassar College for five years (1997-2001) where he compiled a 40-37-5 record including back-to-back ECAC Tournament berths in 1997 and 1998 and a berth to the NCAA Tournament in 1999.

Prior to Vassar, Parsons was the head coach at Champlain College, a junior college in Vermont from 1993-1996. His team won the 1996 NJCAA Region III Championship. In 1995, he was named the NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year as his team was the Region III runners-up. He had a four-year record of 44-20-4 at Champlain College.

Parsons attended Middlebury College from 1983-1987 where he was a four year varsity starter and led Middlebury to a 1983 NESCAC Championship, 1986 ECAC Championship and a NSCAA 1986 DIII Men's final ranking of number two in the country.  Parsons was a two-time NSCAA All New England Team Selection (1985 and 1986), All New England Intercollegiate Senior Bowl Selection (1986) and was an NCAA First Team All-American in 1986. 

Parsons has also been involved in coaching numerous youth teams in Connecticut namely the Southeast Soccer Club, in conjunction with administrative functions for the club such as director of coaching education. 

Chris he earned a degree in Economics from Middlebury and earned a Master's Degree in Sports Management at UMass in 1990. Parsons holds NSCAA Advanced National, National and Professional Diplomas.

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