Coach Tom Parker Honored For Commitment To CCPS For 47 Years
Tom Parker, the former boys’ and girls’ soccer and tennis head coach at Thomas Stone High School, has been a trailblazer of the soccer program at the school and in the county for the past 47 years. He retired recently after being a well-loved coach among students, staff, and the Southern Maryland community.
Tom Parker, the former boys’ and girls’ soccer and tennis head coach at Thomas Stone High School, has been a trailblazer of the soccer program at the school and in the county for the past 47 years. He retired recently after being a well-loved coach among students, staff, and the Southern Maryland community. 

WALDORF, Md. – As the former boys’ and girls’ soccer and tennis head coach at Thomas Stone High School, Tom Parker has been a trailblazer of the soccer program at the school and in the county for the past 47 years. He retired recently after being a well-loved coach among students, staff, and the Southern Maryland community. 

Parker discovered his love for soccer at an early age influencing him to pursue the sport further by playing at Orange County Community College in New York and at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. After his studies he began working at Stone as a gym teacher and realized that there was no soccer team. “I went to the athletic director and said ‘Hey, I want to start soccer,’ and begrudgingly he agreed to let me start a team,” Parker said. 

Parker was honored this month by Stone for his dedication to the school after one of the regular scheduled soccer games. Former players, staff and Parker’s family gathered to honor the coach for his hard work and longevity to the program. 

His success as a coach was not inherited through a bloodline of coaches in his family, rather he started the trend of coaching among his community. “If you go to other schools in the county, you will find that a lot of people played for me,” Parker said. “Now my former players are running soccer groups and organizations.” The influence that Coach Parker has goes beyond Charles County. “I drove all the way to Anne Arundel County on a Saturday to see my granddaughter play and I heard someone say, ‘Coach Parker, Coach Parker.’ I turned around and it was my former player as the referee.” 

In his role, Parker was known for his dedication to coaching by showing support to other sports and coaches as well. “During my first time as athletic director, Coach Parker was always here, never missing a day. He just showed tremendous dedication to the sport and the athletes,” Kevin Heider, athletic director at Stone, said. “While I was serving as a football coach, Coach Parker was always supportive and encouraging to the other coaches on the staff here at Stone.” 

Over the years, Heider worked closely with Parker. “When I arrived here in 1996 Coach Parker was already an icon in the Southern Maryland coaching scene. He was about to win his first state championship, and his second two years later,” Heider said. 

Seeing the results of his hard work over the course of the 47 years and the impact that he has made is what Parker is mostly proud of. “To revisit the past by opening the yearbooks and seeing the accomplishments made is one of the most rewarding parts of being a coach.” Parker saw a need, filled it and continued for decades. “When I needed a tennis coach back in 2001, Coach Parker did so happily, then continued for 21 years,” Heider said. 

At Stone’s dedication to Parker, “Over 100 former players and coaches, some from as far back as 1982, were here to honor and thank Coach Parker for everything he had done for them, for Stone and the soccer community in Southern Maryland,” Heider said. 

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  1. I remember back in 1983 our soccer team had just bead Calvert ( our team LACKEY ) was on the bus and Coach Parker was at the game, after we got on the bus we were chanting we want Parker we want Parker the coach of Stone, we played them on a day they when school was in session and all the students came to the game, we did beata Stone that day too, but that chant still runs through my head, needless to say our coach Dave Anderson made us run 1 entire practice for being disrespectful that night in Calvert

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