Peter Parikakis is set to enter his fifth season as the head coach for the Bison.
Within his four 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 10 PAC All-Conference players and had 33 players receive PAC All-Conference Academic Honor Roll honors.
During the 2014 season, the Green & White collected five wins, which is the most since the 2011 season. The future of the program is bright, as 16 different freshmen or sophmores saw action, including making a combined 140 starts on the pitch.
This past season on the field, 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. During the course of the 2014 campaign, Parikakis also coached freshman Michaela Hinerman to an ECAC Division III South Player of the Week award. On the defensive side, the Bison 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 four 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 four 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 Alisha Pugh
Office Phone: (304) 829-7031
Assistant Coach Alisha Pugh joins the Bethany College coaching staff for her first season in 2015. She will serve as the head assistant under head coach Peter Parikakis.
Pugh comes to Bethany after playing three seasons at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee. During her time with the Pioneers, Pugh was a two-year starter and was named a Second-Team South-Atlantic Conference selection during her tenure. In three-seasons the Pioneers posted 32 wins, including a high-water mark of 12-3-3 in 2012. That season, Pugh tallied four goals, five assists and 13 points, earning the team’s Playmaker of the Year award as well as Second-Team All-SAC honors in the process.
In 2013, Pugh was selected as the team’s MVP. During that year, her defensive presence helped the Pioneers rank second in the South Atlantic Conference in goals against average (0.92). As a team, Tusculum allowed just 19 goals on the year.
Along with her time as a player, Pugh got her feet wet in the coaching realm helping with various soccer camps. She served as coach for a variety of age groups while planning and implementing numerous sessions. Pugh graduated from Tusculum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
A native of Sandy, Bedfordshire, England, Pugh will be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Art in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Lamine Balde
Office Phone: 304-829-7238
Assistant coach Lamine Balde joins his Alma Mater as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs for the 2015 season. Balde comes to the Bison after a successful four-year playing career with the Green & White, as well as two seasons with the Fort Pitt Regiment of the National Premier Soccer League.
Over the past two years, Balde has played as a member of the Regiment, and has proven to be the team’s top scorer in both the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. In 25 total games between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Balde tallied nine goals, including a high-water mark of five this summer. Also during his time with the Regiment, Balde spent time with NPSL/PA West Soccer camps where he coached players from ages 4-15 in a multitude of drills, while also organizing training sessions and helping with camp recruitment.
Prior to his time with the Fort Pitt Regiment, Balde was a four-year member for the Bison men’s soccer team, where he earned three letters and two All-PAC Second-Team selections. His conference honors came following both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Over his four-year career, Balde tallied 26 goals, 12 assists and 64 total points. His best season came as a senior in 2013 when he ranked second in the conference in points (24) and third in goals (nine). His point total was second only behind teammate Arkangelo James.
A native of the African country of Guinea, Balde graduated from Bethany with a Bachelor of Art degree in Sports Management. During his time with the soccer teams, Balde with be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Art in Teaching program.