January 2, 2012

Parent Takes Over UMPI Women's Soccer

Former University of Maine-Presque Isle men's soccer Most Valuable Player Trevor Parent has been named the new head coach of the Owls' women's soccer program, the university has announced. 

Parent takes over for Dan Williams who resigned after leading UMPI to a 22-8 record over his two seasons at the helm. 

"Deeply honored following a great line of high quality coaches," said Parent.  "I was a player for the men's program during Coach Carlos (Mike Carlos) and Amy's (Amy Cheney-Seymour) time at UMPI. After I had graduated, Tammy Krul came in, and then Coach Dan (Williams). I have admired where these four coaches have taken the program - where it is today. The program will continue to grow and we will hopefully make the jump to a couple of National Tournament bids in the next three years (USCAA and NCAA DIII)."

From 2004-2006, Parent was a student-athlete at UMPI playing soccer for current coach Alan Gordon.  After graduating with a "Physical Education" degree in 2007, Parent began his soccer coaching career as an assistant coach at Lee Academy helping lead the girls' program there to a Class 'C' State Runner-Up season.

In 2008, Parent returned to UMPI joining the staff in the Admissions department.  He also joined his former coach Gordon as an assistant coach for him on the men's soccer team.  Parent believes his strong UMPI ties will help on the recruiting trail.

"Hopefully, after a five minute conversation with me about UMPI, a prospective student athlete will see how much I bleed blue and gold. This passion comes from my three years as a student athlete, five years as an active alumni, and three years as an active employee at UMPI. So, yes, there is a tremendous advantage to having a former student athlete and current employee working on recruiting for women's soccer."

In addition to his familiarity with the university and city of Presque Isle, Parent says playing for, and working with, Gordon will help him as he takes the reigns of his first college program.

"Working under Coach Gordon, I have been able to better understand the important subtleties to coaching at the college level; Having our student athletes represent the program with a sense of character in and out of the classroom, the importance of graduating, and having a family like atmosphere/strong support system at UMPI are all huge components to the athletic programs. While I have learned much about X's and O's from Coach Gordon, he taught me more about the other parts to the total program that I will want to incorporate into the women's program."

The program Parent takes over would seem to be far from a reclamation project.  This past season the Owls finished with a 10-4 record, narrowly missing out on an invitation to the USCAA national tournament.