Middlebury College men's tennis assistant coach Bryce Parmelly has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Division III Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year. Parmelly helped steer the Panthers to a 21-4 record. Earlier this month, Parmelly was also honored as the ITA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
"Congratulations to Bryce for a well-deserved honor as the ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year," said sixth-year head coach Bob Hansen. "His contributions to our on court success has been tremendous and he has been instrumental in helping to create a vibrant and healthy team culture with our program. I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with him for many years, which has been a complete pleasure on all levels."
Parmelly and Hansen guided the top-ranked Panthers against matches with 15 teams who were ranked in the top 25 this season. In the NESCAC Tournament final, the Panthers were edged by fourth-seeded and seventh-ranked Bowdoin in a back-and-forth match, 5-4.
Parmelly helped guide the program to an NCAA Semifinal appearance for the fourth-straight season and 11th time in the program's history. In the NCAA Quarterfinals, the Panthers defeated 21st-ranked Gustavus Adolphus by a 5-1 tally before falling in the semifinals to No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by a 5-4 score.
This season, he also helped coach the NCAA Singles Champion and NESCAC Player of the Year Lubomir Cuba as well as First-Team All-NESCAC honoree William de Quant. Cuba's singles title was the first in the program's history, while de Quant also competed in the NCAA draw and lost his opening-round match. As a doubles team, the pair earned All-American status earning the initial NCAA Doubles crown in the program's record books.
Parmelly is finishing his second year as assistant coach at Middlebury. Prior to Middlebury, he served as an assistant at UC Santa Cruz from 2005-10 under Hansen, helping the Slugs to win four NCAA team titles. UC Santa Cruz won the ITA National Indoor Team Championships in 2007 and 2010, and was a finalist in 2006 and 2008. In 2007 and 2009, the Slugs finished the season as the top-ranked team, taking home the NCAA title both years. Parmelly helped mentor numerous singles and doubles national title winners along with eight singles and 12 doubles All-American selections. In 2010, he was awarded ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for the West Region.
Parmelly was the head coach at UC Santa Cruz from 2011-13. He graduated multiple singles and doubles All-American selections, finishing in the top 15 nationally as a team both seasons.