Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Ben Parman has been hired as an assistant coach for the New Mexico State women’s soccer team, head coach Freddy Delgado announced on Monday.
Parman, a goalkeeper in his playing days, will primarily work with the goalkeepers but will also be heavily involved in recruiting, team travel and scouting while also helping in all day-to-day operations.
“We are excited to welcome Ben to the Aggie soccer family,” Delgado said. “He has proven success on the field, in recruiting and in the classroom. He is a steady, calm, positive person that I believe will help continue the progress we made this past spring.”
Parman, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, comes to the Aggies after four seasons as head coach at Lyon College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member located in Batesville, Ark., where he left as the women’s soccer program’s all-time winningest coach.
Parman coached the Lyon Scots from 2011-14, finishing with only one losing season in four years. He finished the 2014 season at 8-8-1 and his career with a 37-34-3 overall record, with the 37 wins breaking the program record.
“I’m extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity coach Delgado and the NM State Athletic Department has given me,” Parman said. “I want to continue to push this young program in the right direction and up the WAC standings.”
Last season Parman coached junior Ana Waldman to NAIA All-American status after she broke the school’s single-season records with 21 goals and 46 points on the season. Along with coaching an All-American, he also coached a conference player of the year, a conference freshman of the year, a total of six all-region players and a total of 18 all-conference honorees, including nine first teamers, during his time at Lyon.
Parman is a strong believer in also working hard off the pitch. His teams were always among the top academic groups in any sport during his coaching career at Lyon. His teams recorded a cumulative GPA above 3.0 all four seasons and the Scots received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award all four seasons.
“Definitely want to continue the success both on and off the field that I’ve had at my previous colleges,” Parman said. “I know this program has had a lot of success in the classroom, including last season when they finished with a 3.35 team GPA, and I want to continue that drive for excellence that coaches have instilled in this program.”
Before being named the head coach at Lyon, Parman spent three seasons (2008-10) as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Division III Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. While at Hendrix, the women’s soccer team went from the worst team in its conference to a team in the top half of the standings en route to setting numerous school records.
Parman specialized in coaching the Warrior goalkeepers as Hendrix consistently ranked among the conference leaders in goals against average, total saves, saves per game and save percentage.
During his time in Arkansas, Parman also worked with the state’s Olympic Development Program as one of the head coaches and the program’s official goalkeeping coach. He was also the director of goalkeeping for the Arkansas Rush Soccer Club.
Parman is a 2008 graduate of Luther College where he received his bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in sports management. He was a four-year letterwinner as the starting goalkeeper on the soccer team at the Division III school located in Decorah, Iowa.
He finished his career ranked fifth all-time in program history with a 1.08 goals against average. In four seasons he only allowed 23 goals in over 1,900 minutes played while accumulating 113 saves and eight shutouts.
Parman is an active member of the NSCAA and holds numerous licenses and diplomas including an NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeping Licenses.
“I’m excited to start working with this young incoming class as well as with the strong returning core group of women,” Parman said. “I’m excited to see the program move into its next phase as an up and coming soccer program. I know in talking to coach and seeing the players that we can have much success, starting with this upcoming season.”