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Steven Parsons bio
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 07/23/2009

 

 

 

Steve Parsons begins his fourth season as UND's head men's and women's swim coach. He was appointed on May 6, 2009.

Parsons guided UND into a new era last season as his women competed in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the men moved to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Between the teams in 2011-12, 47 UND all-time top 10 times or scores were recorded and a total of eight schools records were broken. 

The UND women finished the season with a dual record of 7-8 and an eighth-place finish at the WAC Championships, its first ever conference meet as a member.  The men sported a dual record of 5-5 and a ninth-place finish at their inaugural MPSF meet.

In 2010-11, Parsons coached UND to a total of 48 top-10 finishes at the Conference USA Championship and two athletes, Veronica Medon and Richard Eberle, broke school records.

Medon set new standards in both the 100 and the 200 back, and Eberle, in his first year in the program, posted record scores on the 3-meter (6 dives) and the platform.

During the 2009-10 season, Parsons saw Carissa Gormally capture not one, but two C-USA event titles with wins in the 50 free and the 100 free. She not only labeled herself as UND's first female DI conference champion, but also broke her own school record in the 100 free.

For her efforts in the pool, Gormally received 2010 CollegeSwimming.com NCAA Division I Mid-Major All-America honors and she would later qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team trials. 

A former assistant at UND, Parsons spent the 2005-09 seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina University, a Division I program that competes in Conference USA. While at East Carolina, Parsons coached 58 all-conference performers and had 40 school records broken during his tenure. He mentored one NCAA Division I national qualifier and two DI 'B' cut performers.

During the 2005-06 season, Parsons helped lead East Carolina to Conference USA runner-up finishes on both the men's and women's side. In his four years at ECU, the Pirates amassed a 36-7 women's dual meet record and a 26-12-1 men's dual meet record.

Before joining the ECU staff, Parsons spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach at UND and helped lead the men's team to a third-place finish and the women's team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championship. In his lone season with the Fighting Sioux, Parsons mentored four national champions, 18 All-Americans, 21 national qualifiers and 26 North Central Conference champions. UND's men's program won the 2005 NCC championship and the women's program took runner-up honors, while five conference records were broken by Sioux swimmers.

Parsons' other NCAA coaching experience includes stints as an assistant coach at Ashland University (2003-04) and Wheeling Jesuit University (2000-02). He helped lead WJU to two consecutive combined conference team titles and two straight men's conference championships. Parsons also served as interim head coach and aquatics director at WJU during the spring of 2001 and guided four NCAA Division II qualifiers to seven All-America awards.

A 1997 graduate of Ashland University with a bachelor's degree in biology, Parsons was a three-time All-American and served as a team captain as a junior and senior. He received a master's degree in business administration from Wheeling Jesuit in 2002.

Parsons is certified by the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) and is a member of both the ASCA and the College Swim Coaches Association of America.

Parsons resides in Grand Forks with his wife, Josephine, and their children: Isaac, Catherine and Magdalene.