Parker Spear is in his fifth year as a coach with the PSU men’s soccer program in the fall of 2017. A four-year standout player for the Panthers, Spear was elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach in the summer of 2016 after serving as an assistant coach for the previous three seasons.
“Parker is one of the most outstanding young coaches in New England Soccer and we are delighted to promote him to Associate Head Coach,” said head coach Rob Wright at the time.
Spear was a three-year captain and two-time All-Conference selection for the Panthers, earning All-New England and New England Senior Bowl accolades. He was recognized by the PSU Athletic Department with the 2012-13 John C. Foley Senior Leadership Award. A two-sport athlete, Spear was also a four-year standout for the PSU alpine ski team, earning All-American honors his sophomore year on the team that finished national runner-up at the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association finals in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Already a standout coach, Spear became one of the youngest coaches in the region to earn a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘B’ License in 2015, at the age of 24. In addition to his duties at PSU, Spear teaches USSF coaching license courses for the New Hampshire Soccer Association while also serving as the U17 NH Olympic Development Program Boys Head Coach. In the summer of 2016, Spear was invited to join the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) Region 1 coaching staff.
Outside of the soccer season, Spear travels the world as an elite level alpine ski coach for Waterville Valley’s Men’s FIS program, training some of the top junior ski racers in the United States.
Spear earned his undergraduate degree in 2013, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Coaching Education, and completed his Master's of Education in Athletic Administration in the Fall of 2016.