Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College Field Hockey Head Coach Anne Parmenter (18th season) was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame this month at the NFHCA Awards Dinner in Lake Mary, Fla. Parmenter joined the exclusive group along with former Branford High School Head Coach Cathy McGuirk, and made Trinity the only college or university in the nation with two NFHCA Hall of Fame coaches. Robin Sheppard, who led two Bantam squads to the NCAA Final Four in the 1990's, is also in the NFHCA Hall of Fame. To help celebrate the occasion, the pair sat down this spring with Trinity Head Men's Rowing Coach and host of the Trinity Faculty Podcast to discuss the storied and entertaining history of Bantam field hockey.
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2018 marked the 18th season for Parmenter as the head coach of the Bantams, a tenure that follows 14 years as the head coach at Connecticut College and several years as an assistant coach at Amherst College, the University of Massachusetts and the College of the Holy Cross. Across her 31-year career as a head coach, Parmenter has amassed a record of 283-202-7 with 172 of those wins at Trinity.
With Parmenter at the helm, Trinity has qualified for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship tournament 13 years in a row, including last year when Trinity finished ranked No. 13 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll. Among active NCAA head coaches, Parmenter ranked 25th in wins and across Division III head coaches, she ranked 12th prior to 2018. In 2014, she was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year and the NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year. In 2015, she was inducted into the Connecticut College Hall of Fame. Parmenter also coached Trinity's all-time leading scorer, Kelcie Finn, who was named the NFHCA Division III National Player of the Year title in 2016 and 2017.
Beyond her coaching accolades, Parmenter is known for her devotion to the sport of field hockey and the positive impact she has on her colleagues.
"Anne Parmenter truly checks all of the boxes for the NFHCA Hall of Fame," said NFHCA First Vice-President and Chair of the Hall of Fame and Awards Committee, Julie Ryan. "She has contributed so much to our sport through her coaching successes, outstanding mentorship of younger coaches and her consistent willingness to always give back to our sport. She has coached numerous All-Americans and the Division III Player of the Year at Trinity College while consistently competing as a top team in Division III. We are thrilled to honor Anne's body of work and excellence to our sport and organization."
In addition to being an accomplished field hockey coach, Parmenter is also an accomplished mountaineer. She has successfully climbed Denali, Mont Blanc and Aconcagua, among others. Notably in 2006, Parmenter fulfilled a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Everest, which she summitted on May 25, 2006.
A native of England, Parmenter graduated from Chelsea College in 1981 with a degree in education. She earned her master's degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1987. Parmenter also served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach for 13 years at Trinity, retiring after Trinity won a national championship in 2012. In 2017 she was promoted to full professor of physical education and also served as Trinity's interim Senior Woman Administrator and was named the college's director of physical education.
"I was speechless, and deeply honored, when I received the phone call letting me know I was being honored in this class's Hall of Fame," said Parmenter. "I am deeply thankful to all the people who went out of their way to write letters on my behalf in order to receive this very special honor. I feel incredibly fortunate be joining such a special group of people already inducted into the NFHCA Hall of Fame. Thank you."