Clarion women’s basketball Coach Parsons announces retirement

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]One of Clarion University athletics’ most illustrious head coaching reigns has come to an end.
Clarion women’s basketball head coach Margaret “Gie” Parsons announced her retirement last week after 25 years of coaching.
To say Parsons completed a successful career is an understatement.
She brought Clarion women’s basketball into the national spotlight.
During her tenure, Parsons brought two trips to the NCAA Elite Eight and Sweet 16 and six NCAA Division II playoff appearances.
She also brought three PSAC Championships, five PSAC-West titles, and 12 PSAC Playoff berths.
She finishes her career with the most wins in school history with 352.
Parsons was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame-Western Chapter in 2011, and was named PSAC-West “Coach of the Year” four times.
She coached six All-American and 39 All PSAC players, as well as the top 12 scorers all-time at Clarion.
Some of those players include Carlita Jones, Mona Gaffney, Heath Cigich, Shannon Coakley, and Amy Coon.
After her first season in 1989-90, Parsons went on the most impressive run of her career, posting a 117-33 record, including a mark of 50-10 in the PSAC-West.
The Golden Eagles won five straight PSAC-West titles, and won the PSAC Championship in 1991, 1993, and 1994.
That stretch run also included Elite Eight appearances in 1991 and 1994, and Sweet 16 appearances in 1992 and 1993. Parsons
“It was the best 25 years of my life,” Parsons said. “Usually when I see an alum I remember a play or a game.”
Parsons began her coaching career at Thiel, where she was 110-73.
She is also one of a select number of coaches in Division II with over 400 career wins, finishing with a career record of 462-409 in 33 seasons total at Thiel and Clarion.
In her last five seasons at the helm, Parsons only saw her teams earn playoff berths in 2009 and 2013.
She finished her final season seeing her last chance to make the postseason slip away on the final day of the regular season.
“It would have  been great,” Parsons commented, “We just need to work harder.”
Despite missing out on one last chance at the playoffs, Parsons still enjoyed what ended up being her final season.
“What a wonderful team for my last year,” Parsons reflected, “It was a great way to end.” After completing such a memorable career, Parsons’ legacy is simple.
“I would want people to remember me as an honest, hard-working coach whose endeavor was to help develop girls into young women, using the medium of basketball,” Parsons said.
Clarion will now begin a nationwide search to succeed Parsons.
“I want the program to excel and have an equal playing field with everyone in the conference,” she said, “I’ll always be here.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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