Former Akron coach Steve Parker dies at age of 72

Steve Parker, who coached Akron to the 1986 Men's College Cup final, died last week at the age of 72.

Parker, who guided the Zips for 11 seasons (1982-1992), was surrounded by his family  through his last days in Franklin, Tennessee.

Under Parker, Akron had an overall record of 139-59-25 (.679) and won at least 10 games in all but one season. They lost to Duke, 1-0, in the 1986 final. Parker, who was born in Slough, England, also coached at Cleveland State and Alderson-Broaddus and Franklin High School.
2 comments about "Former Akron coach Steve Parker dies at age of 72".
  1. Ric Granryd, November 15, 2018 at 12:31 p.m.

    I can’t say how much Steve has meant to my career as a friend and mentor. I am heartbroken that I have not been able to visit personally with him in recent years. To all of my extended Akron family, cheers to Steve’s legacy as a soccer icon, and a tremendous man. Love to all the fam!

  2. frank schoon, November 15, 2018 at 12:54 p.m.

    Good Man, once you meet him, you'll never forget him, RIP....

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