Steve Parsons is in his third season with the ECU swim teams and his seventh year overall coaching on the collegiate level. In Parsons' previous two seasons with the Pirate swim teams he helped guide the men's & women's team to runner-up finishes at the Conference USA Championship meets in 2006 and a third place finish last year.
Before joining the ECU coaching staff, Parsons served as an assistant coach at North Dakota during the 2004- 05 season, where he helped coach the Fighting Sioux to a sixth consecutive men's conference championship and third place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships. He also helped coach the women's team to a fifth place national finish and a second place finish at the conference championships.
Prior to joining the staff at UND last season, Parsons served one season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Ashland University, located in Ashland, Ohio. He helped coach the Eagles' men swimming team to a fourth place finish at the conference championships, while coaching two swimmers to individual conference titles.
Parsons also spent two seasons at Wheeling Jesuit University. In his first season with the Cardinals, he stepped in as Interim Head Coach and guided the men's team to its second consecutive conference crown, while leading the Lady Cardinals to a third place finish. During his second year with the Cardinals, he assisted in guiding the men's team to a third straight conference championship and helped the women's team a second place finish, their highest finish ever at the conference championships. Throughout his tenure at Wheeling Jesuit, Parsons coached an Olympian, an NCAA Division II record holder/champion, qualified seven individual for the NCAA Championships, and guided six individuals to All-America honors.
Parsons earned his bachelor's degree from Ashland University in 1997 and received his MBA from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2002. He and his wife, Josephine, have one son, Isaac, born this past March.