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Frostburg State Names Alum Brian Parker Head Women's Soccer Coach

FROSTBURG, MD — Brian Parker has been named the new head women's soccer coach at Frostburg State University, Bobcat Athletic Director Ralph Brewer announced. Parker, a 1992 graduate of FSU and a former member of the Bobcat men's soccer program, replaces Carrie Lysik, who resigned last week to become the first assistant at Brown University.

Parker returns to western Maryland after serving as head girls soccer coach at Urbana High School in Frederick County since the school's opening in 1995. The Hawks enjoyed great success during Parker's tenure, compiling an impressive 62-36-6 overall record while winning a pair of regional championship titles.

In just his second season, Parker guided a team of freshmen and sophomores to the school's first-ever regional championship crown and was named the Frederick County Girls Soccer Coach of the Year for his efforts. The Hawks, who posted winning records in six of Parker's seven years, earned their second regional title in 2001.

"I have had a fantastic experience teaching and coaching in the Frederick area with Frederick United and Urbana High School and will miss it very much," Parker said. "However, the opportunity to return to the college level as the head coach at my alma mater was one I just could not pass up. FSU has a talented returning team, outstanding facilities and clearly great support for athletics and the women's soccer program."

"We are fortunate to get such a quality coach as Brian Parker on short notice," Brewer commented. "I am confident that he can continue to build the program to an outstanding level."

Parker takes over a Bobcat team that will welcome back 17 players from last year's record-setting squad. FSU posted a school-best 17-5 finish, won its first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. With yet another strong recruiting class, the Bobcats are expected to challenge for a second straight AMCC title and NCAA berth.

"I think Carrie Lysik did a fantastic job, and I wish her well," said Parker. "She has been great to me and the players in this transition. I certainly plan on continuing the program's recent successes and believe we can build an elite Division III program that will compete with anyone in the country."

Parker is no stranger to the FSU women's soccer team, as he coached the program as a club sport from 1990-1993.

After receiving his degree in social sciences with a teaching certification from FSU in 1992, Parker continued his academic and coaching careers at West Virginia University. As a graduate assistant, he worked with the Mountaineer men's team for two years while earning his master's in political science.

A goalkeeper for the Bobcats from 1987-90, Parker was a member of two Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifiers, including the 1989 squad that won the ECAC South Region Championship.

Parker has also served as a coach for Olympic Development Programs in Maryland and West Virginia and has been the director and staff coach for both the Frederick United Soccer Club and South County Soccer Camps since 1996. He has a USSF "B" coaching license as well as a National Diploma from the NSCAA.

Parker and his wife, Karen, a 1993 FSU graduate and native of Frostburg, have a two-year old daughter, Elise.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589