Following Nikki Parsley's first three weeks as the new Liberty Head Field Hockey Coach, LFSN's Alan York had a chance to talk to Parsley about her first few weeks on the job.
Parsley was introduced as the Lady Flames' second head field hockey coach in program history on Jan. 16, 2017, taking over for program founder Jodi Murphy, who left in December.
Liberty Univeristy Director of Athletics Ian McCaw had this to say about Parsley's hire, "Nikki will build upon the Christ-centered, championship culture of Liberty field hockey with a strong emphasis on student-athlete development. Her experiences in coaching, playing for Team USA and passion for Liberty will serve our student-athletes and program very well."
Parsley joined Liberty's staff as an assistant coach on May 1 in time for Liberty's first season as a part of the BIG EAST Conference. During her first season with the Lady Flames, Parsley helped Liberty post an 8-10 record and finish in second place in the BIG EAST with a 5-2 conference mark.
The Lady Flames squared off against 10 nationally ranked opponents in 2016, spotlighted by a 2-1 overtime victory against No. 20 American on Oct. 6.
Parsley helped instruct five of Liberty's All-BIG EAST selections in 2016, including BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Allison Schaefer and BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year Serena Barr. Barr also went on to earn NFHCA Division I All-America second team honors, becoming the second All-American in program history.