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Courtesy: Jeff Huehn/UTSA Athletics

Ian Parnaby promoted to assistant golf coach

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 06/27/2011
Courtesy UTSA Athletics Communications
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA announced Monday that Ian Parnaby has been promoted to assistant golf coach for both the men’s and women’s programs effective July 1.

A native of Durham, England, Parnaby has spent the past three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the UTSA golf teams. During his time in the Alamo City, he has helped tutor 16 All-Southland Conference performers and helped lead the programs to a combined 20 top-five finishes, including the first-ever league crown for the women in 2011.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to become a full-time golf coach for UTSA,” Parnaby said. “It is very exciting to watch the programs grow, and I look forward to passing on my experience and knowledge to the student athletes in our quest for championships.

“I would also like to thank Gil Hodge and Tom Relf at Briggs Ranch. When I arrived in San Antonio, I had nowhere to practice and they were kind enough to give me a place to work on my game. I will be forever grateful for that opportunity and for the pleasure of working there. With Briggs being UTSA’s primary practice venue, we are very fortunate to have a world-class facility to develop both programs.”

This past season, Parnaby was an imperative part of the most successful campaign for the women’s program in school history. He helped head coach Carrie Parnaby lead the squad to nine top-10 finishes, including six top-five showings, capped by the program’s first Southland Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, a record four Roadrunners were named all-conference as Paola Valerio (Player of the Year) and Fabiola Arriaga (Freshman of the Year) made the first team, while Summer Batiste and Taylor Newlin garnered second-team honors.

During Parnaby’s three-year tenure with the women, UTSA has won three team and four individual championships, registered 17 top-five team finishes and garnered 11 all-conference certificates.

In his three seasons as a volunteer with the men’s team, the former Tennessee standout has helped head coach John Knauer lead the Roadrunners to 11 top-10 finishes, including a trio of top-five efforts, and tutored five All-Southland Conference performers, including 2011 Freshman of the Year Ryan Werre.

Parnaby helped UTSA to four top-10 showings in 2010-11, including a fifth-place effort at the Kauai Collegiate Invitational and a seventh-place finish at the Southland Championship. 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.

During his four-year playing career at Tennessee, he collected second-team All-SEC honors and was a three-time Academic All-SEC recipient. 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 in 2005 and spent five years playing on various professional tours around the globe, including in Asia, Europe and the United States. For the last eight months, Parnaby worked at Briggs Ranch Golf Club, where he discovered a passion for coaching.

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