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JENNY PARSONS
Associate Head Coach

Associate Head Coach Jenny Parsons enters her sixth season on David Kuhn’s staff at Central Arkansas and brings with her 22 years of Division I coaching experience.

In her first five seasons at Central Arkansas, the Bears have seen a period of success unparalleled in program history. In addition to an NCAA Regionals appearance and Southland Conference Tournament title in 2015, with Parsons' influence the Bears have averaged 33.8 wins per season – up from 19.4 in the five years prior to her arrival on staff. Central Arkansas has compiled a 169-119 (.587) overall record and 72-51 (.585) Southland record during her time in Conway. They have qualified for the Southland Conference tournament in each of her five seasons, one of only two teams (McNeese) to make every tournament from 2012-2016.

Through five seasons at Central Arkansas, Parsons has coached three NFCA All-Region selections; 2 Academic All-District honorees; a Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year and a Newcomer of the Year; 29 All-Southland Conference selections; 7 All-Southland Conference Tournament players; 9 Southland All-Academic honorees and 23 Southland Conference Players of the Week.

Twice at Central Arkansas Parsons has had pitchers throw shutouts against Top 25 teams, beating No. 25 Mississippi State 1-0 in 2016 and No. 18 Tulsa 1-0 in 2013.

In her first two seasons, the Bears twice broke the program record for wins with seasons of 36 and 38 wins in 2012 and 2013; breaking 11 program offensive records in 2012 before topping seven of them again in 2013. Under Parsons' guidance, Bears teams and players currently own 19 program individual and team single-season records and 22 program individual career records.

Previously, Parsons served on the Nicholls staff for 10 seasons, with the last eight being as a head coach. During her time there, Parsons guided the Colonels to the postseason four times out of the last six seasons and advanced to the Southland Conference Championship in 2008. In 2010, Parsons helped produce the Southland Conference Player of the Year, four All-SLC selections, one All-Region selection, two All-Louisianans and one All-American.

Prior to her time at Nicholls, Parsons was an assistant coach at East Carolina University for seven seasons. With her pitching expertise, she helped a 2000 ECU pitching staff set school records for strikeouts (421) and wins (60).

Parsons continued her top-notch guidance of pitchers in her time at Nicholls. The 2008 seasons saw the Colonel pitching staff lead the Southland with a .235 opponent batting average. In 2009, the Nicholls staff ranked second in ERA at 1.96 and held opponents to a cool .201 average.

A former standout pitcher at ECU, Parsons holds nearly every individual Pirate pitching record including games pitched (157), wins (102) strikeouts (402) and shutouts (34). In addition, Parsons helped guide the Pirates to the ECAC Tournament during her senior season and was selected as an ECAC All-Star. She led the nation in wins (38) during her junior season and was second in the NCAA her final year at ECU with 32.

Parsons, a Glen Burnie, Maryland native, received her bachelor’s degree in Leisure System Studies from in 1994 and her master’s degree in Athletic Administration in 1996 from East Carolina University.
 

HAYLEY PARKER
Graduate Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

SHANE LAMB
Volunteer Assistant

Shane Lamb enters his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Bears, having had a hand in the best run in Central Arkansas program history over his first four seasons. In his first season, the Bears broke the program record for wins (38) and during his four years in Conway the program has averaged 30.8 wins per season, up from 23.4 the five years prior to his arrival. In his time with the program, the Bears have gone 123-97 (.560) overall and 60-42 (.588) in the Southland and are one of just two teams to qualify for the Southland Conference tournament in each of those seasons – winning it in 2015 and advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history.

In his time on staff, Lamb has coached 3 NFCA All-Region performers, 20 All-Southland Conference selections, 7 All-Southland Tournament selections, 5 Southland All-Academic honorees and 15 Southland Conference Players of the Week.

Under his tutelage, Bear hitters have broken 13 career program records and program single-season records 14 times.

Lamb, a native of Perryville,Ark., played baseball for three seasons at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He graduated from UCA in 1994.

Lamb previously coached four seasons at Hendrix College as an assistant coach for the Warriors. He coached seven All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference selections and 12 honorable mentions. Prior to Hendrix, Lamb assisted the Conway High School softball team from 2003-09. Under his guidance, the Lady Wampus Cats went 77-31 overall and made two Class 7A State semifinals appearances (2003, 2008). He has also coached the Conway Lady Cats summer team.