STILLWATER — The search for a new Stillwater High School girls soccer coach ended with a familiar name — Joey Parker.
A former Stillwater coach who has been an assistant under John Fields the past few seasons, Parker will once again take over the program after Fields relinquished those duties at the end of the season.
“Joey was the head coach here before several years ago, and he had a successful program when he was here,” Stillwater Athletic Director Tucker Barnard said. “He left Stillwater but then came back, and when he came back he stepped into an assistant role. He’s been a great, loyal, faithful assistant for several years now. I think the key has been the kind of person Joey is — he’s a great guy and somebody that we can all be proud to have coaching our kids. He has a passion for winning here in Stillwater. It’s something he’s committed himself to for a long time and now as he takes over the head coach role, he’s going to have an even greater impact on that again.”
Parker was largely credited for Stillwater’s turnaround in the early 2000s — taking the Lady Pioneers from the basement to a contender before handing the reins over to Fields.
Now he’ll be asked to do it again in his second tour of duty.
“We know what we’re getting with Joey,” Barnard said. “He’s a known quantity and he’s something that we’re really proud of. He does a great job with the girls now. They really like him, they play hard for him and they appreciate the way he approaches them and approaches the game. I think it’s a great move. It was almost a no-brainer hire for us.”
Even shortly after announcing his resignation as soccer coach, Fields praised Parker as the best fit for Stillwater’s program.