Sept. 11, 2006
Deanna Parks has been hired as head softball coach at Siena College, athletic director John D'Argenio announced today. Parks served as head softball coach at SUNY College at Oneonta the past three seasons.
"Deanna has extensive coaching experience and a proven record of success," D'Argenio said. "We have high expectations for our softball program and I am confident that she can help us compete for MAAC Championships and recruit quality student-athletes."
Parks guided the Dragons to a 40-37 record in her two seasons at Oneonta. This past spring, the team went 19-21 and earned a berth in the SUNYAC Tournament.
Parks came to Oneonta after eight seasons at the University of Akron where she coached the program to a record of 224-179-2 including a 119-80-1 mark in the Mid-American Conference. She took over the softball program at Akron in 1996 after three seasons at Salisbury (Md.) State. In her first season with the Zips she led the team to a 29-22 record and an appearance in the MAC tournament. Akron, which won 30 or more games three times during Parks tenure, made five MAC tournament appearances and won two regular season titles (1998 and 2002) during her stay. The Zips played in one MAC tournament championship game in 2002, losing to Central Michigan to finish the year 30-17.
At Akron, Parks' squads were consistently recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for academic excellence. The Zips had 19 Academic All-MAC selections including seven in 2002 in Parks time at Akron.
While at Salisbury (Md.) State University Parks compiled a 60-43 mark over three seasons while winning a Capital Athletic Conference championship in 1995. That year, the Sea Gulls won a then-school-record 25 games with Parks being named conference coach of the year. She also compiled a 69-55 mark as women's volleyball coach.
Parks is a 1988 graduate of Kent State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism while starring for the Golden Flashes softball team. A First Team All-Mideast Region player in 1986 and All-MAC selection in 1987, Parks still holds the Kent State record for career bases on balls (79) and triples in a season (eight in 1985). She earned a Master of Arts degree in sport administration in 1995 from KSU and was inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Parks also spent one season (1992-93) as an assistant coach at Penn State, following a four-year tenure as an assistant at her alma mater.
Parks takes over a Siena program that posted an 18-34 mark in 2006 and a 7-9 league record.