Head Coach Spotlight
Chris has coached at the Academy for 15 seasons as the head soccer coach.
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 team. Parson 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.
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.
Chris was an NSCAA first-team All-America at Middlebury College where he earned a degree in Economics. He earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Management at UMass in 1990. Parsons holds NSCAA Advanced National, National and Professional Diplomas.