Zack Parsons Named Racer Softball Assistant Coach

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MSU softball head coach, Kara Amundson, announced the promotion of Zack Parsons to assistant coach, Thursday. Prior, Parsons spent two years as a pitching coach at Murray State.

Parsons joined the MSU softball coaching staff as a graduate assistant, Aug. 2020. Serving as the primary pitching coach for the program.

“As soon as he got here, he started making an impact. He has pitched his whole life and is something that he is passionate about and very good at,” Amundson said. “The numbers over the last couple of years from our pitching staff speaks for itself and he has been a huge role player in the group. I am proud to be able to transition him from graduate assistant and he deserves that acknowledgement.”

Parsons guided pitchers Hannah James and Jenna Veber into a historic 2022 season. James finished the season third in the nation at strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.36) and Veber finished second in the nation at walks allowed/seven innings (0.60).

“He has a background in counseling so he does a really great job in building relationships,” Amundson said. “We take pride in that we acknowledge the person before the players and he is in line with that.”

At Murray State

  • Coached the Racer pitchers to set a new program record of 1.65 ERA in 2022.
  • Under his guidance, the Racers posted a program-best .203 opponent batting average in 2022.
  • Racer pitchers set a new program allowed just 1.35 walks/seven innings and most strikeouts/seven innings with 6.48 in 2022.

Prior to Murray State
Prior to Murray State, Parsons began his collegiate coaching journey at Asbury University, an NAIA program in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he started as a volunteer assistant coach/pitching coach in August of 2018. In December of 2018, Parsons was named the interim head coach for the Eagles, and made an instant impact on the program. On the hitting side, his team saw its numbers improve in total number of hits, doubles, walks, RBI, home runs, and total number of runs scored over the previous year during his first season at the helm.
 
Following that season, Parsons dropped the interim tag and was named the head coach at Asbury and continued to improve the program through the 2020 campaign. Despite a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team recorded an 8-6 overall record – finishing with a winning mark for the first time since 2011. Additionally, through 14 games, the Eagles led the conference in batting average (.360), slugging percentage (.592), runs scored per game (7.36), RBI per game (7.0), home runs (17) and home runs per game (1.21).
 
Further, the pitching staff recorded a team ERA of 2.94 through 83.1 innings of work.  They held opposing batters to a .246 average, while recording 70 strikeouts and issuing just 32 walks on the year. 
 
Before his stint at Asbury, Parsons was an assistant coach at East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Kentucky. where the Lady Jaguars finished as the 12th region runner-up and the 46th district champions with a 28-3 record. He came to Murray with more than 10 years of experience as an individual hitting/pitching instructor in Lancaster, Kentucky.
 

Parsons received his B.S. Degree in Exercise Science from Georgetown College in 2015, and went on to complete his Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville in Counseling & Personnel Services, with a concentration in College Student Personnel in 2017.

 


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