Former Tennessee standout Ian Parnaby enters his second season as assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf programs after spending the previous three as a volunteer assistant coach.
A native of Durham, England, Parnaby has helped tutor 21 All-Southland Conference performers and helped lead the programs to a combined 27 top-five finishes, including the back-to-back Southland Conference Championships for the women the past two springs.
Last season, he aided the women to a school-record four tournament victories, including their second consecutive conference title and six top-five finishes. Four different players earned individual medalist honors during the campaign, including senior Shannon Jungman, who became the second player in program history to win an individual conference crown. UTSA matched the previous year’s record with four All-Southland selections, led by first-teamers Fabiola Arriaga, who also picked up Player of the Year honors, and Jungman. Meanwhile, junior Paola Valerio and sophomore Taylor Newlin earned second-team laurels.
On the men’s side, Parnaby helped lead the Roadrunners to a six top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place effort at the Rice Intercollegiate. In addition, he mentored sophomore Ryan Werre, who picked up second-team All-Southland honors after a seventh-place finish at the conference championship.
In 2010-11, Parnaby helped lead the squad to nine top-10 finishes, including six in the top five, capped by the program’s first-ever Southland Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. A record four Roadrunners were named all-conference, as Valerio (Player of the Year) and Arriaga (Freshman of the Year) made the first team, while Summer Batiste and Newlin garnered second-team honors.
In his second season at UTSA, Parnaby helped the Roadrunners post their second team title and he helped guide Valerio to an individual title at the Husky Invitational in just her third collegiate appearance.
Parnaby played an important role during the 2008-09 campaign, as he helped the squad win the program’s first-ever tournament title (Stripes Islanders Spring Classic), three individual crowns and a runner-up showing at the 2009 Southland Championship.
During Parnaby’s four-year tenure with the women, UTSA has won seven team and eight individual championships, registered 23 top-five team finishes and garnered 15 all-conference certificates.
In his four seasons as a volunteer with the men’s team, the former Tennessee standout has helped lead UTSA to 17 top-10 finishes, including a quartet of top-five showings, and he also has tutored six All-Southland performers, including Werre, who was tabbed the 2011 Freshman of the Year.
The Roadrunners posted four top-10 showings, including a fifth-place effort at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational and a seventh-place finish at the Southland Championship, in 2010-11. Werre, who posted three top-10 finishes during the year, including tying for third at the Southland Championship, earned third-team all-conference honors to go along with being tabbed the circuit’s Freshman of the Year, while Lewis Chong, who was ninth at the Southland Championship was an honorable mention all-league pick.
In 2009-10, he helped lead a young squad to three top-10 finishes, which included a season-best seventh-place showing at the Southland Championship. Emiliano Martinez and Nicko Dodd both picked up honorable mention all-conference accolades.
In his first season in the Alamo City, Parnaby played a key role in helping the Roadrunners to four top-10 finishes, including a pair of top-five showings. UTSA recorded its best outing of the year with a fourth-place effort at the Southland Championship. Meanwhile, Kyle Collins earned second-team all-conference accolades after finishing fourth at the league tournament.
During his four-year playing career at Tennessee, he collected second-team All-Southeastern Conference laurels and was a three-time Academic All-SEC honoree. Parnaby won the prestigious Ridges Intercollegiate in 2003 and posted five top-five finishes. He also participated in the 2003 NCAA Championship in his final season. In his last two years in Knoxville, the Volunteers were ranked in the top 25 several times, including as high as No. 12 during his junior season.
After graduating from Tennessee in 2004, Parnaby turned professional a year later and spent five years playing on various professional tours around the globe, including in Asia, Europe and the United States. He then worked at Briggs Ranch Golf Club, where he discovered a passion for coaching.
Parnaby has one brother, Stuart, a professional soccer player who resides in Birmingham, England, while his parents, David and Jean, live in Durham, England.
Parnaby resides in San Antonio with his wife, Carrie, who is UTSA's head women’s coach, and their son, Cole.