Kelly Parsley is in his third year at Point Park as the head coach of the Pioneers men's and women's track and field programs. He is also the head coach of Point Park's men's and women's cross country teams, of which he is in his second year in that role.
Parsley was hired in 2014 as the first head coach in Point Park men's and women's track and field history. The program competed for the first time ever during the 2014-15 school year. Parsley has established the Pioneers track and field programs among the top ones in the conference placing second in the KIAC 2015 and 2016.
Parsley took over the Pioneers' men's and women's cross country teams as head coach beginning in the 2015-16 school year. He led the Pioneers to the conference championship in his first season at the helf in 2015. The Pioneers have been among the top programs in the conference ever since.
A native of Greensburg, Pa., Parsley has been a collegiate head coach for 14 years. That included at NAIA Lindenwood University-Belleville in St. Louis, Mo., in his previous position to Point Park.
Parsley's coaching resume has covered various levels of athletics including NAIA, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and high school. He is no stranger to starting a brand-new athletic program, which he did at both Lindenwood-Belleville (Mo.) and Goldey Beacom (Del.) College.
Parsley started his head-coaching career at then-NAIA Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, Del., where he was the head cross country coach from 2000 to 2006. He was the first coach in program history and started the men's and women's cross country teams there.
He led the cross country program to its greatest success and was named Coach of the Year in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference two times at Goldey Beacom.
In the five years under Parsley, Goldey Beacom cross country won the CACC conference championship two times, was runner-up two times and placed third the other time. Parsley coached 27 all-conference runners at Goldey Beacom, and the program won the team sportsmanship award in the CACC.
Goldey Beacom was NAIA the first two years that Parsley coach there, and they were NCAA Division II his final two years.
In 2006, Parsley became the cross country head coach at Lake Forest College (Ill.), an NCAA Division III school, in Lake Forest, Ill., just outside of Chicago. He spent four years there, and left his mark on the program.
Parsley's women's cross country runners at Lake Forest registered the top 25 fastest times in school history, and all 25 of those still stand to this day. In men's cross country, runners who competed under Parsley established 10 of the top 25 fastest times in school history, and all of those still hold in the record books.
The Lake Forest cross country teams had their highest placements ever at the Midwest Conference meet under Parsley. The women finished third in 2006, and the men finished fifth in 2008, which are still program-highs at the school.
Parsley was the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2006, his first year at Lake Forest. A big part of that was having the women finish just a few points out of second place that season at the MWC meet. Parsley tutored seven all-conference runners at Lake Forest, and he coached 30 academic all-conference performers in his four years.
Parsley then moved back to his home area of Western Pennsylvania from 2010-11, and during that time, he coached cross country at Vincentian Academy, a private high school north of Pittsburgh.
At Vincentian, he was an assistant coach in 2010 and the head coach in 2011. Vincentian had not had much success in the past but finished runner-up in the WPIAL boys' meet in 2010, his first year on staff. Vincentian had two boys' state qualifiers that season, and the success continued in 2011 when the school earned six medals at the WPIAL track and field meet.
Parsley returned to the collegiate level for the 2012-13 year when he was the head coach of both cross country and track and field at NCAA Division III Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.
At Webster, Parsley's cross country runners set the top 10 fastest times in school history for both men's and women's cross country, which are still in place. The cross country teams also had six all-conference performers in his year there.
In track and field, Parsley's Webster student-athletes broke a combined 31 school records in indoor and outdoor track and field. The program established a school record in every track and field event that it competed in that year.
Parsley was hired in July 2013 as the track and field head coach at NAIA Lindenwood-Belleville in St. Louis, Mo. He was tasked with starting the programs at the school. The opportunity at Point Park attracted him to return to his home area while at the same time continuing his passion for coach college athletics.
Parsley competed in track and field at the NCAA Division II level at California (Pa.) University of Pennsylvania from 1996-98. He is a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School.