Ben Parman enters his second season with the Grand Canyon women's soccer team in 2019, having been hired in January 2018. Parman joins the Lopes after a three-year stint with fellow WAC member New Mexico State.
A goalkeeper in his playing days, Parman works primarily with the goalkeepers, and is also heavily involved in recruiting, team travel, scouting and day-to-day operations.
In 2017, Parman worked with New Mexico State starting goalkeeper and freshman Dmitri Fong, who had a break out year finishing the season with a 1.28 goals against average and five shutouts on season. Although Fong missed a number of games due to injury, she still finished the season as a Second Team All-WAC honoree while finishing towards the top in a number of statistical categories including shutouts and saves with a save percentage of .841.
In 2016, under the tutelage of Parman, NM State goalkeepers finished the season with a 2.09 goals against average. Freshman Raeann Garcia and sophomore Ashley Martin split time in goal with Martin earning 14 starts and Garcia starting the other six matches.
With Parman's instruction, Martin posted two solo shutouts and two combined while stopping 88 shots, which was good for second most in program history. Her goals against average of 1.62 was also seventh in a single-season in school history. Meanwhile, Garcia appeared in 11 games as a freshman, posting 38 saves and a 2.88 goals against average. Garcia teamed up with Martin to post two combined shutouts.
In his first season with the goalkeepers at NM State, the Aggies saw Martin tally a single-game best 16 saves against UMKC on the road. Martin also recorded 11 saves against Texas State on the road, tying for third on the single-game saves list.
Under the direction of Parman, Rian Nials finished her freshman campaign with 68 saves – good for fourth on the single-season saves list. Martin finished with 58 saves on the year, good for eight on the single-season saves list. The two freshman keepers for NM State combined to shutout Chicago State on the road.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Parman comes to NM State after four seasons as the head coach of Lyon College (2011-14), a National Assocation of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member located in Batesville, Ark. Parman left the program as the women’s soccer program’s winningest coach. In his last season (2014), the Scots went 8-8-1 and left Lyon College with a 34-34-3 overall record.
Parman coached junior Ana Waldman to NAIA All-American stats after she broke the school’s single-season records in goals (21) and points (46) in 2014. Parman also coached a conference player of the year, freshman of the year and a total of six all-region players. In his four years, the Scots tallied 18 all-conference honorees – including nine first-teamers.
His teams were also hard workers off the pitch, taking home National Soccer Coaches Association of American Team Academic Award every year he was at the helm. All four of his teams averaged a 3.0 grade point average or better during his tenure and was one of the top academic teams at Lyon.
Prior to his time at Lyon, Parman spent three seasons (2008-10) as an assistant for both the men’s and women’s program at Division II Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Parman played a crucial role in turning the women’s team around from being the worst team in conference to being in the top-half of conference.
Like at Lyon, Parman specialized with the goalkeepers where they were consistently ranked among the conference leaders in goals against average, total saves, saves per game and save percentage.
During his time in Arkansas, Parman also worked with the state’s Olympic Development Program as one of the head coaches and the program’s official goalkeeping coach. He was also the director of goalkeeping for the Arkansas Rush Soccer Club.
Parman is a 2008 graduate of Luther College where he received his bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in sports management. He was a four-year letter winner as the starting goalkeeper on the soccer team at the Division III school located in Decorah, Iowa.
He finished his career ranked fifth all-time in program history with a 1.08 goals against average. In four seasons he only allowed 23 goals in over 1,900 minutes played while accumulating 113 saves and eight shutouts.
Parman is an active member of the NSCAA and holds numerous licenses and diplomas, including an NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeping Licenses.