Rick Parlow enters his second season as the St. Andrews University Women's Soccer Head Coach after being hired in February of 2012.
In his first season, Parlow help guide his club from a 2-15 rcord in 2011 to a 5-9-3 record in 2012. With an improvement in goal differential, the Knights went from only scoring 12 goals and allowing 76 in 2011 to this past season where they scored 27 goals and only allowed 27 into their net. They also scored in 15 of 17 games this season. The Lady Knghts also won their first conference tournament game in over 6 years.
Coach Parlow joined the SAU staff after most recently working as 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 2009-2010.
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 six years of his coaching career to Stones River Futbol Camp in Smyrna, TN. 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.
Parlow earned a Bachelors of University Studies with a concentration in Business, English, and Speech from Middle Tennessee State University. During his time at Middle Tennessee, Parlow was a starting goalkeeper for the Blue Raiders Men's Soccer team from 1992-1995, a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member, and a Senator in the Student Government Association.
Parlow is also currently working on his MBA at St. Andrews University.
Parlow and his wife, Megan Parlow, currently reside in Laurinburg, NC with their son, Isaac.
He can be reached at [email protected]