« 2017


  • December

    Parker Coaches Focus on Process of Competing Over Winning

    Winning might not be everything, but it is an integral part of the athletics experience. After all, there’s always going to be a winner or a loser in the end. How do you put into perspective something that is so fundamental to the experience for student-athletes? Parker’s exceptional coaches have mastered the craft of practicing with purpose and allowing the winning to take care of itself.

    “Winning is the byproduct of working hard,” says Dave Glassey, who has been coaching baseball at Parker for close to four decades. “You learn from both winning and losing.”

    Glassey says baseball is one sport where you will fail more often than you succeed. Even the best hitters are only successful one out of three times. He says, “It’s how you deal with those failures that really is going to mark you as a person. That isn’t just in baseball but in everything you do.”

    Athletics is an important facet of not only the academic experience but of life, teaching discipline, teamwork, respect, commitment, perseverance, and taking responsibility for one’s own actions. But when winning is emphasized above all else, those lessons can be lost.

    “Sometimes when winning is the only thing that’s emphasized, then you get more of the thing you don’t want,” says Glassey.

    This is why Parker coaches teach their student-athletes to work hard in preparation for the competition and let winning serve as the byproduct of their hard work. This sentiment is echoed by nearly all of Parker’s many coaches. No matter the sport, how you prepare in practice is how you’ll perform on the field, on the court, in the sand, or on the water.

    “I coach my players to focus on the process instead of results. Don’t focus on the wins, focus on what you’re doing to get those wins,” says Audra Dent, head coach of girls volleyball.

    This idea of “process versus results” is important in athletics -- whether it be middle school, high school, or college level. And it is true of all sports, from team-oriented sports like volleyball, football, and basketball, to more individual sports like track and field and sailing.

    For Dent, this means teaching her players to be good teammates to each other and applying the same techniques over and over again during practice, so that when her team takes the court, they are ready for anything.

    "I compare it to getting into the college they want to get into, or the job they eventually want to get,” says Dent. “If you’re focused on the process and you’re taking the right steps, then the desired result will come eventually. It might not come right away when you want it -- just like you won’t win every game -- but you’ll get the desired result eventually.”

    Chris McGrath, who leads Parker’s sailing team, says this process-oriented mentality is especially important in his sport.

    “Sailing is not a result-oriented sport. It’s a process- and awareness-oriented sport. If you can hone your process and your awareness through experience, commitment, practice, dedication, and exposure to multiple situations, winning is a happy byproduct,” McGrath says.

    Even as student-athletes focus on the process of playing their sport well, winning is usually in the back of their minds. Parker coaches do not lose sight of this.

    “Every game is the most important game,” says Matt Morrison ‘05, Head Coach of Parker football. “It’s not who you play but how you play. The team that plays harder and smarter is the team that wins.”

    But Morrison concedes that losing is beneficial to the process, as well. “You go through the most growth when you don’t win,” he says.

    Boys Volleyball Coach John Herman, who has been with Parker for nearly three decades, agrees.

    “I just want our team to grow as much as possible individually on and off the court. I encourage our kids to make errors. I always say, ‘If you’re not making errors you’re not learning fast enough,’” says Herman.

    Herman has led more than a dozen teams to CIF Championships throughout the years, just like Boys Basketball Coach Jim Tomey has with his teams.

    “I’m used to winning,” says Tomey, “But I understand that the byproduct of winning is how you go about doing things on a daily basis. If you are not attending to the important priorities for the team and for the individuals involved, you won't win.”
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  • November

    Parker Shortstop Sterling Hayes Signs with Vanderbilt University

    Standout shortstop and pitcher Sterling Hayes, Class of 2018, is one step closer to playing Division I NCAA baseball for Vanderbilt University after signing a National Letter of Intent at Petco Park with the San Diego Hall of Champions on Nov. 8.

    Sterling shared his excitement for joining the Vanderbilt Commodores by inviting his coaches, teammates, and teachers to a signing ceremony at Francis Parker School.

    “Parker has prepared me academically for Vanderbilt,” said Sterling. He credited his teachers for helping him learn how to balance a rigorous academic curriculum with the demands of being a student-athlete.

    “Sterling is one of the best shortstops at Parker,” said Coach David Glassey, who joined Sterling at his signing. “He also pitches for us, and for the past two years he has been the best pitcher in the coastal league.”

    Sterling appreciates the camaraderie of his team. “One of my favorite memories with the Lancers is last season when we made it to CIF San Diego Div I championships and we lost against Grossmont High. Even though we lost we really came together as a team and we know we will do better next year.”

    Sterling has not decided what he will major in at Vanderbilt but he plans to play professionally in the major leagues.
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  • Parker Cross Country Sweeps Coastal Conference Finals

    On a beautiful day at Kit Carson Park in Escondido, the Lancer Cross Country teams won the Coastal League Championships in the Boys Junior Varsity, the Girls Varsity, and the Boys Varsity races. The championships were held Nov. 9. 

    In the girls race, Avi Waldman was the first Lancer across the line, finishing in 4th place overall in a field of 44 runners. Right behind her in 5th place was Frannie Lang in a time of 20.33 over the 5000m course. Also running in the “Parker Pack,” and finishing in 6th place was sophomore Lucy Recht. Also contributing to the big victory were Haley Gale and Vivian Benishek.

    In the boys race, the Lancers had seven of the top 14 runners, and narrowly defeated Del Lago Academy for the title. Tanner Penrose finished in 2nd place overall in a time of 17:08 in a field of 46 runners. In 5th place was Zach Hall who was followed closely by Spencer Ruff and Carson Cook. Also finishing in the top 14 were Jeremy McCulloch, Alex Olmeta, and Asher Ellis. Peter Valverde came in 1st place in the boys JV race.

    The Lancers now move on to the CIF Championships, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 at Morley Field.
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  • Senior Giselle Alota Earns Presidential Nomination to the United States Naval Academy

    Parker's Giselle Alota, Class of 2018, was appointed as a Presidential Nomination to the United States Naval Academy, an honor only given to 100 candidates per year. This is a proud moment for Giselle and her parents (San Diego natives) who both graduated from the Naval Academy. Giselle’s father, a naval officer, currently serves on PHIBRON 1 and previously served as the commanding officer of the USS Comstock.

    Giselle is one of Parker’s distinguished students and student-athletes nearly taking every Advanced Placement class that the School has to offer and competing on three Parker sports teams basketball, track, and cheer.

    “Giselle Alota is an extraordinary young woman. She is one of the strongest students in the Class of 2018 and has earned Honors with Distinction every year of high school,” said Terri Devine, Dean of College Counseling. “Beloved by her teachers and classmates, Giselle leads by example. Her strong character, and deep commitment to her family, friends, and community, are admired and respected by all.”

    Giselle excelled at academics and sports since she started at Parker’s Middle School. In Upper School, Giselle received the Parker Faculty Scholarship for her outstanding academic work and was also voted most valuable player by her coaches for the varsity Girls Basketball team. When asked how does she successfully juggle academics with a demanding sports schedule, Giselle replied organization and knowing her limits keep her on track.

    “I am constantly staying organized,” said Giselle. “Knowing my limits is important and I never take on more than I can handle.”

    To add to her impressive schedule, Giselle will be competing with the Pacific Beach all-star cheer team at the cheerleading worlds competition in April. She also plans to join Parker’s lacrosse team just to stay in top shape before shipping off to the academy.

    Giselle will begin at the academy only three weeks after graduation. She will be studying chemistry and plans to become a naval doctor and athletic trainer.

    “My dream has always been to be a naval doctor,” said Giselle. “But, I think I will also study to be an athletic trainer just to have that in my back pocket.”
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  • Junior Caroline Garay will represent Parker in Girls Golf Regional Championships

    Caroline Garay, Class of 2019, is moving on to regionals after placing 6th in the CIF San Diego Section Girls Golf Championships earlier this month.

    Caroline finished at even par for the two-day, 36-hole competition, tying for 6th out of 101 total golfers. Her score qualifies her for the CIF Southern California Regional Girls Golf Championships to be held Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Her score, combined with a season of great play, earned her a spot on the first team all-CIF. Caroline will be competing in the individual competition.

    Fox Sports caught up with Caroline after the final day of the San Diego Section tournament on Nov. 2 for an interview. She told the news station she took it “hole by hole” in order to finish among the top golfers in San Diego.

    “I’m just happy to be advancing and I’m really lucky to be going to regionals for the second year,” she told Fox Sports, adding that she hopes to make it to state after Thursday’s regional competition.

    Caroline would be the first golfer from Parker to make it to state, should she advance after regionals.

    Watch Caroline’s interview with Fox Sports here.
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  • Parker Alumni, Past Coaches Honored at Homecoming

    This season, under the direction of Head Coach Matt Morrison ’05, the football team learned about the history and traditions of Parker football, the importance of honoring those who came before them, and that the ‘P’ never comes off. That theme continued at the Oct. 28 Homecoming game, when retired Parker coaches and past players were introduced before the game in gratitude for their support of the program in the past and present.

    Retired head coaches Dan Kuiper and Tony Ghironi were among those honored before the Homecoming game. Dan started at Parker as a coach and algebra teacher in 1981, and served as Athletic Director for 26 years, from 1988 until he retired in 2014. As Athletic Director, he recruited a talented roster of coaches, putting a premium on coaches who would be good mentors to their student-athletes. He was also well-known for teaching his athletes to “train for the fourth quarter.” As Head Coach of the football team, Dan led the Lancers--just an eight-man team at the time--to four league championships and was selected as a San Diego Hall of Champions Coaching Legend.

    Tony taught Life Sciences at Parker for 44 years and served as Head Coach of the football team from 1969 to 1980. Under his leadership, the team won their league championships three times with just six, eight, and 11 man teams. Tony’s dedication and passion for Lancer football in its early years helped build the foundation for the successful program the School has today.

    Past football players were also honored at Homecoming, including current Head Coach Matt Morrison, his brother Scott Morrison ‘09, Khaleel Jenkins ‘15, Mike Kranzler ‘05, and Dave Greenstein ‘00. Both Mike and Dave served as honorary co-captains for the Lancers’ Homecoming game.

    Matt was varsity quarterback and team captain for the Lancers and was a two-time All-Coastal League player. He coached Lancer football under his dad John Morrison for seven seasons before accepting a position as Head Coach at La Jolla High in 2016 where he lead the team to their first winning season since 2007. Matt returned home to Parker this year.

    Scott played three years of varsity football as fullback and offensive and defensive lineman. He was second-team All-Coastal League and team captain for the Lancers in Grade 12. Scott went on to play two years as fullback at Lake Forest College.

    Khaleel played four years of varsity football as a wide receiver and defensive back in grades 9 and 10, and quarterback in grades 11 and 12. Khaleel was named Team MVP, Coastal League Player of the Year, and first-team All-Coastal League. He will return as starting quarterback and team captain for the Cal Poly Mustangs next season.

    Mike played two years of varsity football as guard and defensive end. He was also known for his prowess on the volleyball court and was inducted into Parker’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 2005 Championship Boys Volleyball team. Mike just returned from representing Team USA at the 2017 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships.

    Dave played three years of varsity football as an offensive lineman and linebacker. He was first-team All-Coastal League as a junior and senior, Parker’s Lineman of the Year in Grade 12, and served as team captain. Dave came back to Parker as a coach from 2001 to 2007 and served as defensive coordinator for six years, including 2005 when the Lancers won their first 11-man CIF Championship.
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  • October

    Parker Boys Sand Volleyball Division I Camps

    Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Sand Volleyball team. The boys won the County Division 1 Sand Volleyball Championship Thursday, against the St. Augustine Saints. In the playoffs they defeated San Marcos Knights 5-0 in the quarterfinals, La Jolla Vikings 4-1 in the semifinals and St. Augustine Saints 4-1 in the championships. The top three teams will be competing this Friday, Oct. 27 in the individual pairs championships at Ocean Beach.
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  • Parker Students to Compete in the PCISA Girls Invitational Regatta in San Diego

    This weekend, the San Diego Yacht Club will be hosting the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association’s (PCISA) Girls Invitational Regatta. This is the only all-girls high-school level regatta in the country. Held every fall, this year has the highest participation with more than 21 high school teams from across the U.S.

    Parker will be sending two teams including Upper School students Kat Crosby, Class of 2020; Reese Ger-Herscott, Class of 2020; Annabelle Huyard, Class of 2020; Maddy McGrath, Class of 2018; and Caylin Schnoor, Class of 2021.

    Maddy, who has competed every year in this regatta, says this event is a great opportunity for girls to show their skills as skippers.

    "I love competing in this regatta because it provides such a unique opportunity to race against girls-only teams in a high school style format,” said Maddy in an interview with the San Diego Yacht Club. "This regatta is a great opportunity for girls (who primarily crew in the high school circuit) to practice skippering in an environment where pretty much everyone is a fairly new skipper.”

    Maddy also said the regatta helps provide female sailors with the recognition they deserve in a predominately male-dominated sport.

    “This is such an important event because all too often regattas are dominated by male skippers,” said Maddy. “While there may be an award at events for a 'top girl' team, I feel like often female teams don’t receive the recognition that they deserve."

    The race will begin at 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 on Shelter Island Shoal, just south of the Harbor Police dock. Racers will rotate from Kellogg’s Beach. The San Diego Yacht Club recommends viewing the race from the tip of Shelter Island.
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  • September

    Building Community: Parker Football reaches out to past players the old-fashioned way

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  • July

    Brooke Seay tee ball second hole during the third round of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Courtesy of WWW.USGA.ORG)

    Brooke Seay Finishes U.S. Women’s Open as One of Five Amateurs to Make the Final Cut

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  • Parker alumni visit football team to offer wisdom and create connections

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  • June

    Photo by Nancee Lewis Photography

    Parker Grad Nick Allen drafted by Oakland A’s in 3rd Round of MLB Draft

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  • Parker’s Brooke Seay Qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open

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  • May

    Boys Varsity Volleyball heads to State Championships after winning Parker’s first-ever Division 1 Regional Title

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Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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San Diego, CA 92103

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