An assistant coach for men’s and women’s tennis at West Chester University has been named head men’s tennis coach at Emory & Henry College.
Josh Parmenter helped lead the women’s team a West Chester,
a Division II school, to a 13-8 record, which qualified the team for the post-season conference tournament for the first time since 2004.
Prior to his stint at West Chester, Parmenter spent six years as an assistant coach for boys and then the head coach for girls at Granite City High School in Granite City, Ill.
Parmenter says of coming to Emory & Henry, “I was thoroughly impressed by the students, faculty, and staff I met on my campus visit, and I'm excited to be joining the Emory & Henry team. I look forward to working with the players to build on a strong tennis tradition. While there is hard work ahead of us, I have confidence that we can accomplish much, represent Emory & Henry well, and enjoy competing in one of the strongest conferences in the country."
Prior to committing to a career in tennis, Parmenter spent several years working at various colleges in the areas of student services, including orientation planning and residence life. He has also worked in academic advising.
Myra Sims, the E&H director of athletics, called Parmenter “a very strong communicator who connected immediately with our athletes as well as with administrators and faculty.”
Sims said the new E&H coach has demonstrated a conscientious understanding of E&H athletics and student athletes. “ I am confident that he will take that diligent approach to recruiting the type of student athletes who can help us build on the recent success of our men’s tennis team,” Sims said.
“He has a strong understanding of the college environment and is committed to both the personal development and the skill development of each and every athlete. I know that, not only will he help our team excel, but he will help each athlete achieve his or her full potential both on and off the court. “
Parmenter competed in Division III tennis at Marian College before transferring to University of Vermont to complete his bachelor’s degree. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has earned the Certified Professional rating from the Professional Tennis Registry.
Parmenter also operates a charity organization that collects tennis racquets, restrings them to sell and donates the profits to organizations such as the U.N. World Food Program, Philabundance and The Hunger Site.