Lebanon Valley picks Parsons
Minor league hockey’s top scorer takes first coaching post
ANNVILLE, Pa. – Lebanon Valley College has named Don Parsons head coach of men's ice hockey, athletic director Rick Beard announced.
“I'm extremely excited to have Don Parsons join our staff as head ice hockey coach,” Beard said. “Don has a proven record of accomplishments as a player and a coach, and brings a strong passion for the sport of ice hockey to our program. I am looking forward to Don and his family joining the LVC Athletics family.”
A prolific scorer as a professional player, Parsons comes to Lebanon Valley having recently completed a 17-year playing career that saw him become the all-time leading goal scorer in minor league hockey history with 682 career goals. Beginning at the NCAA level in 1988, Parsons spent time in various leagues including eight years in the East Coast Hockey League, six in the Central Hockey League, and four years in the International Hockey League. He also played in the American Hockey League.
A two-time league and playoff most valuable player in the CHL, Parsons also received the Joe Burton Award in 2000-2001, given to the league's scoring champion.
“I am very excited to join the LVC community as the ice hockey coach,” Parsons said. “My goal is to put a hard-working team on the ice that competes 100 percent each and every day. I look forward to starting the 2011-2012 season in the ACHA as well as a new chapter in my life as a college hockey coach.”
Among his numerous accomplishments, Parsons spends a great deal of his time in charitable efforts. In 2002 he started Parsons Pledge, which has given more than $150,000 to local charities. He also helped build an outdoor roller hockey rink with $200,000 in donations.
Parsons joins a very active community service team at Lebanon Valley, as last year's squad contributed 872 service hours to lead LVC teams. The team took on its biggest challenge yet, holding the first Wounded Warrior Military Appreciation game, which collected more than $20,000 in support of the Wounded Warrior Project.
In 2011-12, Lebanon Valley will begin its first season in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) league after competing as a Division I independent within the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) during the 2010-11 campaign.
Parsons and the Dutchmen begin the 2011-12 campaign on Sept. 25 with a 5 p.m. home contest against Indiana University of Pennsylvania.