Peter Parikakis is set to enter his sixth season as the head coach for the Bison.
Now with five years at Bethany under his belt, Coach Parikakis has created a competitive program on the field, as well as set standards in both the classroom and the community for his athletes.
Overall he has demonstrated an ability to produce talent, as he has coached 11 PAC All-Conference players and had 40 players receive PAC All-Conference Academic Honor Roll honors.
In his most recent campaign in 2015, Parikakis led a young Bison squad through a year of ups and downs that culminated in a PAC shutout victory, 6-0, over Thiel. Bethany nearly matched all of their 2014 statistical totals, which saw their offensive productive increase tremendously from the previous season. Parikakis also coached junior Brittany Fullbright to an All-PAC Honorable Mention selection and Capital One Academic All-District II honors this season. Fullbright became the first Bison to ever accomplish both feats in the same year.
On the defensive side, Parikakis helped sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Sasak reach new heights. The sophomore goaltender ranked fourth in all of Division III in saves (201), along with leading the PAC in saves and saves per match (11.82).
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.
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
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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.
(Updated December 17, 2015)