A quarter century of varsity coaching for Brad Parker, Champlain Valley Union High’s top-notch girls’ soccer coach, has come to an end with his retirement announcement late last week.
“The time feels right,” Parker said in a phone conversation with the Observer over the weekend. “I have been thinking about this for the past four years.”
He leaves a solid program that has won the last two Division 1 championships with a large group of returning veteran athletes next fall.
A former CVU player himself, Parker broke into the coaching ranks following his education at the University of Vermont by taking the reins of the junior varsity team.
Two years later, when varsity coach Jeff Goode moved on, Parker took over the top job.
In the next 25 years, CVU won 340 games, tied 42 and lost just 45 while filling the hallway trophy case with 11 championship baubles.
His teams made the finals on 16 occasions. That record puts Parker among the elite in Vermont coaching annals.
The longtime mentor says he will continue to operate his popular summer soccer camp for girls at CVU.
Taylor Goldsborough, a senior on this past season’s team, said, “I was shocked by the announcement. I will not be here next year, but I was still shocked.”
The star midfielder added that she liked playing for Parker very much.