Rick Parlow
Rick Parlow
Title: Head Soccer Coach
Phone: 864-577-2062
Email: Rick.Parlow@Converse.edu

Rick Parlow enters his second season as Head Coach of the Valkyries Soccer Program in the Fall of 2016.  

In his first season, Parlow continued his success finishing the season with the second most wins in program history posting a 12-7-1 record.  The Valkyries grabbed their fourth consecutive Conference Carolinas postseason berth along with their second ever Conference Carolinas Semifinals appearance.  Under Parlow, the Valkyries have posted three Conference Carolinas All-Conference selections, seven Academic All-Conference selections and an All-Tournament selection.

The Purple and Gold scored the most goals in a season (45) and had the second most assists in a season (31) which tallied the most points in a season with 121.  The backline posted six shutouts on their way to allowing the second fewest goals per game with 1.55 GAA and the third fewest goals allowed with 32.

Before coming to Converse, Parlow spent the three years at St. Andrews as the Knights head coach.  During his tenure as the Knights' head coach, Parlow guided them from a 2-15 recorded and turned them into Appalachian Athletic Conference Champions in his final season.  Parlow was named AAC Coach of the Year.

Prior to working at SAU, Parlow was an assistant women's soccer coach at Mount Olive College. While at Mount Olive, Parlow developed the team's strength and conditioning plan, trained goal keepers, and became an active part of player recruitment, in addition to many other duties.

Parlow devoted some of his time during the 2011-2012 season to the Wayne County United Soccer Club by serving as the Director of Coaching. Coach Parlow stayed busy in 2011 as he also acted as an assistant coach/goalkeeper trainer for the North Carolina ODP 95 Girls squad. Rick spent time coaching overseas in Berlin, Germany, when his coaching abilities earned him the assistant coach position with Hertha 03 U19 Men-German Bundesliga A in 2009-2011.

Before heading to Germany, Parlow spent time as the Boston Renegades W-League assistant coach in 2009; after working as the assistant coach at High Point University during the 2008-2009 season. Coach Parlow dedicated eight years of his coaching career to Stones River Futbol Club in Smyrna, Tenn. While at Stones River, Parlow worked as a director of goalkeeping and as a head coach; guiding two previously winless teams to the state finals within two years.

Coach Parlow has attained an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, both on top of the National Diplomas he has in each area. He has also earned his NSCAA Director of Coaching Certificate.

While coaching at SAU, Parlow earned his Master's degree in Business Administration.  Rick was a starting goalkeeper for the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders Men's Soccer team from 1992-1995, a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member, and a Senator in the Student Government Association.  There, Parlow earned his Bachelor's degree in University Studies with a concentration in Business, English, and Speech.

Parlow and his wife, Megan, currently reside in the Spartanburg area with their children, Isaac and Greta.

The Parlow Files
Year School Overall Record Conference Record
2012-13 St. Andrews 5-9-3 2-6-1
2013-14 St. Andrews 4-15-0 2-8
2014-15 St. Andrews 14-3-2 7-1-2 #$%
2015-16 Converse 12-7-1 7-4 #$
Total   35-34-6 18-19-3
     

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