Peter Parikakis just finished his third season as Bethany women’s soccer head coach.
His first year (2011) at the helm was a memorable one, as the Bison finished with an 8-8-1 overall record and a 4-4-1 mark in the PAC, just one spot out of a berth in the conference tournament. It also marked the first time in school history the BC program posted a .500 record or better for three consecutive seasons. Following the season, senior forward Cassie Spalding, who finished her career second on the all-time goals scored and points list at Bethany, was named First Team All-PAC and junior Julie Lindenfelser was recognized with Honorable Mention distinction.
Overall he has demonstrated an ability to produce talent, as he has coached five All-PAC performers.
Parikakis took over as the women’s head coach after serving as assistant for the Bison men’s program. He helped Bethany rebound from a two-win campaign in 2009 to 11 victories in 2010, a berth in the PAC Tournament Championship match and a bid to the ECAC Tournament, where the Bison stunned the #1 seed Penn State Behrend in the opening round and reached the semifinals.
Parikakis brought a vast amount of coaching experience to Bethany, with his most recent stop before Bethany being a three-year stint as the head women's coach at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. During his tenure, Mary Baldwin qualified for the USA South Conference postseason tournament in his first season and four players were recognized with all-conference awards.
Before taking over at Mary Baldwin, Parikakis served as a men's and women's assistant for one year at Iowa Central Community College, where he assisted in coaching a total of 10 All-Conference selections and three NJCAA All-Americans between the two programs. Prior to that, while working towards his Masters degree from West Virginia University, Parikakis interned with the Mountaineers' nationally-ranked women's program. His coaching career began as an assistant at his alma mater Waynesburg from 2001-04.
A member of the both the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Parikakis has earned three diplomas from the NSCAA, with the most recent being the Advanced National Diploma in 2007. He also earned his C License from the USSF in 2010.
Before taking to the sideline as a coach, Parikakis had a decorated playing career, as he was a four-year starter at center midfielder for Waynesburg. In addition to being a two-time captain, he earned All-PAC recognition as a junior and again as a senior after leading the Yellow Jackets to their first winning season in school history. During his high school career at nearby Brooke, Parikakis was a member of the 1994 Bruins team which finished as the state runner-up.
Parikakis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Waynesburg in 2001 and earned a Masters of Science in Athletic Coaching from WVU in 2006.
Assistant Coach Evelyn Tandy
Office Phone: (304) 829-7124
Evelyn Tandy just completed her first year as an assistant coach for the Bison
Tandy comes to Bethany after working the last year as a City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, Pa. While at City Year, Tandy helped at-risk students by serving as a tutor, mentor and role model. Her team voted her as someone who exemplifies strong leadership and shows service to a cause greater than self.
Prior to working with City Year, Tandy finished playing four years of collegiate soccer at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana. She was a three-year starter, at center back and center midfield for the Quakers, and had the distinguished honor of being a part of the first women’s team to win conference at Earlham while a part of the NCAA.
During her four-year career, the Quakers had an overall record of 49-24-3 (20-5-1 conference record) and made three conference tournament appearances, including two trips to the finals.
Tandy studied abroad in Ireland her junior year (2011) and won a Irish National Championship in soccer. She graduated from Earlham in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and will enroll in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program while at Bethany.