Peter Parikakis is entering his fourth season as the head coach for the Bison.
Within his three years at the helm of the women’s program, Coach Parikakis has strived to have his players become more competitive on the field and to set standards in the classroom and the community.
Overall he has demonstrated an ability to produce talent, as he has coached 6 PAC All-Conference players and had 27 players receive PAC All-Conference Academic Honor Roll honors.
This past season on the pitch, the Bison increased their goal production by 16 goals and compiled 25 assists as compared to 12 the prior season. The Green and White also increased their shots per game and shots on goal. On the defensive side, the Bison have decreased the team’s goals against margin compared to a year ago.
The Bison have also reached new records in the classroom as well as the women’s soccer team has been awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for three consecutive seasons. This national award is given to teams that maintain a team GPA above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire academic calendar. This past fall, the team achieved an overall team GPA of 3.32, with 14 players receiving a GPA of 3.0 or higher and 4 players receiving a 4.0. The Bison also have been awarded the NSCAA Team Ethics Award for three consecutive seasons. This award is given out to teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game, as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by the referees throughout the season.
Coach Parikakis also stresses the importance of service in the local community. The women’s soccer program has raised money for cancer research, as well as provided assistance to the local soccer community by means of providing camps, clinics, and coaching to the area youth.
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.
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 brings 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 Master’s 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 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), Parikakis has earned the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma, and the USSF C License.
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 PAC rival, Waynesburg University. 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 University in 2001 and earned a Master’s of Science in Physical Education from WVU in 2006. He currently resides in Steubenville, Ohio with his wife, Amy.
Assistant Coach Evelyn Tandy
Office Phone: (304) 829-7124
Evelyn Tandy is entering her second 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. The four-time Earlham Scholar Athlete, Tandy was a major reason why the Quakers captured two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season crowns.
Tandy studied abroad in Ireland her junior year (2011) and won a Irish National Championship in soccer. A native of Crittenden, Kentucky, 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.