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Head Coach Keith Parr

Keith Parr has led the Christopher Newport softball program since 2003, and has overseen an amazing era in the program’s 35-year history. The Captains have become one of the elite softball programs in all of Division III with Parr at the helm and have made 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

CNU gained its first-ever #1 ranking during the 2019 season, as the Captains were picked as the top team in the nation in back-to-back weeks by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Christopher Newport recorded a record of 37-9 and advanced to the Super Regional Round of the NCAA Tournament, ending the year as the 15th-ranked squad in the country. The Captains were regular-season co-champions in the CAC, and won the conference post-season tournament in dramatic fashion by beating Mary Washington in consecutive games for the title.

In 2018, Parr recorded his 500th career victory as the Captains finished the season with a 37-10 record and won the Capital Athletic Conference's regular and post-season titles, Parr was named the CAC Coach of the Year for the second time.

Through 16 seasons as CNU's head coach, Parr has posted an overall record of 548-172-1 for a winning percentage of .761, which currently ranks 12th among active coaches at the Division III level and 29th in the history of collegiate softball. His squads have also won at least a share of 11 regular season conference crowns and five tournament titles.

During league play, Parr has accumulated a 206-40-1 record against USA South and Capital Athletic Conference foes (.836 winning percentage). Since joining the CAC in 2014, the Captains have won five of six tournament championships after claiming titles in 2014, 2015,  2017, 2018, and 2019.

The 2018 CNU softball team also finished the year ranked 15th in the nation by the NFCA. In 2017, Christopher Newport posted a 34-10 record, including a 13-1 mark in league action. The team finished the year ranked 18th in the final poll released by the NFCA.

Overall, Parr has helped CNU collect at least 30 victories in each of the past 13 seasons.  In 2011, CNU advanced to the National Championship game in Salem for the first time in program history. The Captains posted a final mark of 38-12 and finished the year ranked third in the country. The 2010 CNU squad finished 42-10 under Parr and advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s final eight. It was the best record in program history and the first time the team eclipsed 40 wins. CNU eventually finished the year ranked fifth in the nation.

It didn’t take long for Parr to make a splash after taking over the program from Paul Weiss, whom he had assisted for several years. In his first year as head coach of the Christopher Newport program in 2004, Parr directed his team to a 36-7 record, the best in school history at the time. The Captains were ranked in the Top-25 nationally for most of the year, reaching as high as sixth in the poll. CNU cruised to the USA South regular season championship with a 15-1 record. For his efforts, he was named conference Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm. He also received the same honor from the Virginia Sports Information Directors for Divisions II and III in Virginia.

Along with the outstanding record, Parr has assisted in the development of 12 All-Americans. Freshman Patty Maye Ohanian was named first team All-American by the NFCA following the 2018 season, thus becoming the first CNU freshman student-athlete in any sport to receive first-team All-American honors. Ohanian again was selected All-American following the 2019 season, as was freshman Kaitlyn Hasty, who was also honored as the National Rookie of the Year.

In 2004, Dallas Slosjarik was named first-team All-America, the first time CNU had a first-team pick. Rachael Payne (2017), Scoop Simon (2016), and Sabrina Hill (2015) are other recent All-American selections under Coach Parr, joining Lauren Batson, Katie Moyers, Taylor Morgan, Jessie Atkinson, Jennifer Falin and Chelsea Mitchell.

For his efforts, Parr has been named the USA South Coach of the Year four times (2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011) and the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year twice (2015 and 2018). He has also received statewide recognition from VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors), which has named him Division II-III Coach of the Year in 2004, 2010, 2011, and 2014.

Parr graduated in 1999 from Christopher Newport with a degree in Recreation, Sports, and Wellness Management. He assisted former head coach Paul Weiss for four years from 2000-03, a span that saw the Captains go 131-38-2 for a winning percentage of .772, at the time the most successful four-year stretch in CNU softball history.

At CNU, he played four years of baseball for head coach Curt Long. During his senior year, Parr had a 2.66 earned run average, leading the team in that category. He recorded five wins in 12 appearances, including five starts. Opponents hit just .217 off him that year as well.

Parr was instrumental in organizing and founding a successful team in the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League in which he was a player/coach for three years. Parr also was involved as an instructor for numerous collegiate baseball and softball camps. He also worked for the Virginia Roadsters of the Women’s Professional Softball League in the summer of 1999.

CNU softball is definitely a family affair for him. He is married to former CNU softball player Joy Davison. They have a son, Drew, and a daughter, Jordan.