Stevan Hernandez, Head Coach
Stevan Hernandez enters his thirteenth season as a head coach in the St. Andrews athletics department. Hernandez returns to the helm of the men's soccer program for the third consecutive year after spending the 2009-2010 academic year as the Director of the Annual fund for St. Andrews.
In 2006, Hernandez led the St. Andrews men's soccer team to its best season in the college's NCAA Division II era with a 13-6-3 overall record and a fourth place finish in the CVAC with a 6-3-1 ledger. The Knights made a run to the conference tournament championship game and were ranked nationally in D-II as one of the top-10 most improved teams.
In his first four seasons with the Knights men's soccer program, Hernandez coached seven All-Conference honorees, three league All-Tournament selections, three conference Players of the Week, two All-Region award winners, and two All-State recipients.
Hernandez also served on the NCAA and NSCAA Southeast Regional ranking committee.
Hernandez joined the Knight athletic staff in the summer of 1998. He began his tenure as head softball coach in the spring of 1999 and assumed the responsibilities of coaching the re-instated women's soccer program in the fall of that same year. Hernandez coached the women's soccer program for five years and led the Knights to their first CVAC playoff birth in 2003. Hernandez moved from the women's team to the men's in February of 2004.
Coach Hernandez holds the NCAA Division II school record for single-season wins for men's soccer, women's soccer, and softball.
Hernandez earned a Bachelor of Science in recreation administration from Wingate University in 1997 and completed his masters' degree in Physical Education at UNC Pembroke in 2008. Hernandez holds his Advanced National Diploma from the NSCAA.
Hernandez married Elizabeth Bowden in July of 2004. Their son, Jackson, was born November 2, 2008. Stevan, Elizabeth, Jackson and their dog, Humphrey, currently reside in Laurinburg, NC.
Aaron Wood, Assistant Coach
Aaron Wood is entering his second year on the St. Andrews University men's soccer coaching staff beginning the fall semester of 2012.
Coach Wood has been a staff coach at Fayetteville Soccer Club for 5 years, where he coaches the '94 Force girls, and is the Director of Youth Academy, and Little Kickers program.
Aaron's club team, the 94 Force girls, after a 12 game win streak, going undefeated through division play, and winners of the President's State Cup, nominated him for an award.
They presented him with a letter from the State Association, naming Wood the NC Youth Soccer Girls Classic Coach of the Year.
Wood has served as a staff scout and Interim coach for North Carolina's ODP program. He has also coached both men's and women's varsity and JV soccer at South View High School, Terry Sanford High School, and The Fayetteville Academy.
He holds his National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), as well as USSF "D" and National Youth License.
Wood currently resides in Hope Mills, NC, with his wife, Carrie, and son, Max.
Billy Sparks, Assistant Coach
Billy Sparks is entering his first year as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team at St. Andrews. He comes from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN, a rival of the Knights in the AAC.
From the age of 9 to 16 Sparks played for the Academy of the English league 1 team Notts County FC, where at the U16 level in 2006 he received the outstanding contribution to sport award from the club.
In 2009 he was recruited to play at Tennessee Wesleyan College. During his freshman year he was nominated to the All-Conference 2nd team and also completed his Tennessee State E license coaching qualification in Spring 2010.
Sparks was made team captain his sophomore year and helped Tennessee Wesleyan to their first conference title in 10 years. He was also nominated to the All-Conference 1st Team of the Year.
Sparks was again nominated to the All-Conference first team of the year during his junior season and also for the month of November as he was nominated into the top 10 for best defenders in the nation for the NAIA.
He unfortunately had to sit out during his senior year due to knee surgery, but helped the team with encouragement from the sidelines to win the 2012 conference tournament and advance to NAIA national tournament.
Sparks earned a double major in Sports Management and Exercise Science from Tennessee Wesleyan and is now seeking to earn his Masters in the MBA program at St Andrews University.
Rick Parlow, Head Women's Coach
Rick Parlow enters his second season as the St. Andrews University Women's Soccer Head Coach after being hired in February of 2012.
In his first season, Parlow help guide his club from a 2-15 rcord in 2011 to a 5-9-3 record in 2012. With an improvement in goal differential, the Knights went from only scoring 12 goals and allowing 76 in 2011 to this past season where they scored 27 goals and only allowed 27 into their net. They also scored in 15 of 17 games this season. The Lady Knghts also won their first conference tournament game in over 6 years.
Coach Parlow joined the SAU staff after most recently working as an assistant women's soccer coach at Mount Olive College. While at Mount Olive, Parlow developed the team's strength and conditioning plan, trained goal keepers, and became an active part of player recruitment, in addition to many other duties.
Parlow devoted some of his time during the 2011-2012 season to the Wayne County United Soccer Club by serving as the Director of Coaching. Coach Parlow stayed busy in 2011 as he also acted as an assistant coach/goalkeeper trainer for the North Carolina ODP 95 Girls squad. Rick spent time coaching overseas in Berlin, Germany, when his coaching abilities earned him the assistant coach position with Hertha 03 U19 Men-German Bundesliga A in 2009-2010.
Before heading to Germany, Parlow spent time as the Boston Renegades W-League assistant coach in 2009; after working as the assistant coach at High Point University during the 2008-2009 season. Coach Parlow dedicated six years of his coaching career to Stones River Futbol Camp in Smyrna, TN. While at Stones River, Parlow worked as a director of goalkeeping and as a head coach; guiding two previously winless teams to the state finals within two years.
Coach Parlow has attained an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and an NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, both on top of the National Diplomas he has in each area. He has also earned his NSCAA Director of Coaching Certificate.
Parlow earned a Bachelors of University Studies with a concentration in Business, English, and Speech from Middle Tennessee State University. During his time at Middle Tennessee, Parlow was a starting goalkeeper for the Blue Raiders Men's Soccer team from 1992-1995, a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity member, and a Senator in the Student Government Association.
Parlow is also currently working on his MBA at St. Andrews University.
Parlow and his wife, Megan Parlow, currently reside in Laurinburg, NC with their son, Isaac.