Chris Parsons returned to his alma mater, joining the Terriers coaching staff in 2011.
In 2013 Thomas continued to thrive under Parsons leadership, winning its second NAC Championship in as many years. Despite suffering eight losses in the campaign, the margin of each regular seasoon defeat was one goal. The Terriers were put to the test with a stronger out of conference schedule, while holding NESCAC's Bowdoin to a scoreless draw. Five of Parsons squad garnered all-conference honors, while for the second season in a row Michael Hand was recognized by the NSCAA to the College Division Men's Scholar All-East Region and the DIII All-New England Region accolades. When Thomas defeated SUNY Purchase on August 31, it signaled the 100th career win in Coach Parsons career.
Coach Parsons’ second season at the helm in 2012, he led the team to 15-3-2 record, and claimed the 2012 North Atlantic Conference championship after a 3-0 victory against Husson University. The Terriers played three games in the NAC playoffs and did not let up a goal, while netting 11 of their own. Crockwell and Hand were both were named 2012 NCAA Division III All-New England team by National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Hand also traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana along with Parsons to the NSCAA National Convention as Hand was recognized as a member of the 2012 NSCAA College Scholar All-America Team. Hand was one of 33 selected out of thousands of student-athletes eligible for this honor. Thomas was also well represented by five players receiving NAC All-Tournament Team honors. Crockwell was named tournament MVP while Hand, Rechichi, Lightbourne, and Phelps were named to the team as well.
2011 marked the inaugural season for Parsons as head coach of his alma mater. He took over a squad that was the reigning North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Champions that returned nine members, including First Team All-Conference goal keeper Mikkail Crockwell, Second Team All-Conference defender Paul Rechichi, and NAC Tournament MVP Michael Hand. The team finished 10-7 overall, going 5-4 in the conference, with Hand being selected the 2011 NAC Men's Soccer Player of the Year in a vote of the league's coaches. At the end of his first season Parsons team had the lowest goals against average in conferece, recording 0.89 GAA by Crockwell. The squad recorded 37 goals, 26 assists and set a new record for most shots in a season with 342.
Prior to Thomas, Parsons spent three seasons as the Head Coach at the University of Maine at Farmington, a season as the Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at the University of Maine and two seasons as an Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Bowdoin College. At Farmington, Parsons led the Beavers to two North Atlantic Conference semifinal appearances. While at Bowdoin, Parsons helped guide the Polar Bears to an overall record of 21-7-2 and an NSCAA top 20 national ranking in each year.
Parsons also served as the Head Men's Soccer Coach at St. Joseph's College from 2003-04 where he led the Monks to the 2004 NCAA Division III Independent Northeast Regional Tournament. Parsons began his coaching career at NAIA Division II Notre Dame College (N.H.), posting a 48-11-1 mark from 1999-2001. The team won the Mayflower Conference Championship in 2000 and advanced to the Northeast Region Championship in 2000 and the Final Four in 2001. The team received NSCAA top 20 national rankings in 2000 and 2001. He was named the Mayflower Conference Coach of the Year in 2000.
As a player, Parsons made two NJCAA National Final Four appearances with Ulster County Community College (N.Y.) before playing at Thomas College. Thomas won the Maine Athletic Conference title in 1995 and Parsons was the team captain and an NSCAA Honorable All-American in 1996. He was a two-time All-New England, All-State and All-MAC selection.
Parsons received a bachelor of science in Sports Management from Thomas College and holds the United States Soccer Federation National 'B' license.
Parsons resides in Farmington, Maine with his wife, Karin and children, Taylor, Drew, Emma-Jane, and Owen.
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