CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State Director of Athletics Chris Ratcliff announced head women's soccer coach Scott Parkinson has resigned as the RSU women's soccer coach to take a coaching position at the professional level in the National Women's Soccer League.
"The opportunity to lead the women's soccer team here at RSU is one of the greatest honors ever given to me," Parkinson said. "It has been the best 16 months of my life. The future is bright for RSU women's soccer, and I will be its biggest supporter for the rest of my life."
Parkinson served as the head coach of the RSU women's soccer program for two seasons, and he was named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year in 2017 as he guided the Hillcats to one of the largest turnarounds in Heartland Conference history. Parkinson led the navy and red to a 13-4-3 record and a runner-up finish in the Heartland Conference Tournament. He had a school-record eight Hillcats earn All-Heartland Conference this season, including the Heartland Freshman of the Year in Bria Salazar, and five were named All-South Central Region. In a record-breaking 2017 season, RSU conceded the least amount of goals in a season in RSU history with only 12 allowed and the team totaled a school-record 11 shutouts.
"In a short time, Scott rebuilt the RSU women's soccer program, and we are thankful for his two years of service to the program," Ratcliff said. ''The success he had in such a short time was remarkable. He has left the women's team in an outstanding spot, both on the field and in the classroom. We feel the future of the program is bright and set up for continued success going forward. We wish Scott all the best in his future in professional soccer."
Parkinson posted a 19-13-6 record in two seasons as the head coach of the RSU women's soccer program as he turned around a program that won only one game the previous season before his arrival. Parkinson immediately improved the team with a 6-9-3 record in his first season in 2016. In his two seasons, he totaled nine all-conference selections, seven all-region picks, four conference weekly award winners and three all-conference tournament selections.
Before his two seasons at the RSU head women's soccer coach, Parkinson served as an assistant coach for the men's soccer program for two seasons under head men's coach Derek Larkin.
A national search for the next head women's soccer coach will begin immediately.