Parker Joins Saint Joseph's University Field Hockey Coaching Staff

by USA Field Hockey

Content Courtesy of SJU Athletics

MERION STATION, Pa. – U.S. Women's National Team member and former Maryland standout Alyssa Parker has joined the Saint Joseph's field hockey coaching staff, head coach Lynn Farquhar has announced.

"I am so excited to be joining the staff at SJU," Parker said. "Lynn is a phenomenal coach and I look forward to coaching alongside her and learning as much as I can from her. The athletes on this team embody what it means to work hard and love the sport and I feel very fortunate to be part of their hockey journey."

"Alyssa is a '10' and we couldn't ask for a better person and coach to join our Hawk hockey culture!" Farquhar said. "She's been instrumental from day one, a natural coach, and I'm thoroughly excited to continue working with her."

Parker has made 46 appearances with the National Team, making her debut in 2017 at the Hawke's Bay Cup in New Zealand, where she helped the United States to a fourth-place finish. She would go on to compete in series against Belgium, Canada, Chile, and the Netherlands, as well as last year's Olympic qualifying matches in India. Prior to her Senior National Team experience, Parker was part of the USWNT's U-19 and U-21 programs.

In her time with the Terrapins, Parker earned a pair of NFHCA All-Region Second Team accolades and was a member of two Maryland teams that reached the NCAA Final Four. She was also a member of both an ACC and a Big Ten champion, as Maryland changed conference during her time on campus. As a junior, Parker earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Parker's first game on the sidelines for SJU is set for Friday, February 26, when the Hawks visit Drexel.