CHICKASHA – Junior Scott Parkinson’s schedule will be a little busier than the traditional USAO students. In fact, it will be busier than the typical USAO student-athlete.
He was named this month as the head boy’s soccer coach at Chickasha High School.
“I’m really thankful for the opportunity,” Parkinson said. “It’s come earlier in my coaching career than I thought it would have but I appreciate the faith that Chickasha High School has shown me, and I look forward to working with the kids and coaches.”
His calendar may be jam packed, but it isn’t anything Parkinson isn’t used to or can't manage. He has been juggling coaching, soccer and classes for two and a half years now.
“Within a week of arriving at USAO, I asked Coach (Jimmy) Hampton if there was any place he knew I could get into coaching – get my feet wet,” said Parkinson, who hails from Liverpool, England.
Hampton immediately directed him to CHS, where he had previously coached. Parkinson volunteered for both the girl’s and boy’s soccer teams in 2010 and then in 2011, focused just on the Lady Chicks as teammate Frank Gibson helped coach the boy’s team. This season, Parkinson will remain an assistant girl’s soccer coach along with his head coaching duties on the boy’s side.
“Scott will do a great job for CHS,” said Jimmy Hampton, USAO head soccer coach. “I have no doubt he will be able to maintain his academics, his USAO team responsibilities and contribute to CHS and their tradition of success.”
Parkinson doesn’t plan to let the extra duties affect his school work or responsibilities as a defender with the USAO men’s soccer team.
“I think it will be a challenge in the fall because I’m so tired with the soccer, but I have a great working relationship with the girl’s head coach,” he said. “She’s going to be my assistant, and I’m going to be her assistant.”
In the spring, Parkinson took 19 credit hours at USAO and maintained a 4.0 GPA. He explains that he has a plan on how to balance his life properly.
“School came first. If I had homework, I tried to make sure I did it on time, as soon as I got it,” he said. “It puts you in the right mindset to get other things done. The rest of the day is mine.”
High school soccer’s season is primarily in the spring, so Parkinson plans to work on fitness training with his players in the fall.
Since beginning to work with the girl’s soccer team, Parkinson said they’ve really enhanced the quality of the program, winning district and reaching state quarterfinals two years in a row. The Lady Chicks finished last season 20-2.
“As soon as I heard that Steve Scott, the head coach, was standing down, I put my name forward. I told them that I wanted it,” Parkinson said. “The way we got the girls playing ... it’s just been a three year working progress with them. On the field, we just have a fantastic program now.”
Parkinson is on track to graduate in December of 2013. He already has received an offer from Oklahoma Wesleyan to serve as a graduate assistant with their soccer program upon graduation.
Since joining the Drover program, Parkinson has scored 11 goals for the Drovers as a defender. In 2011, he was named NAIA All-America Third Team and All-Conference Defensive MVP. He is slated to be one of Hampton’s key returners this season.
The Drovers will kick off the soccer season at home on Aug. 24. The men play Baker College at 5 p.m.