Mark Parsons

Mark Parsons
Personal information
Full name Mark Parsons
Date of birth (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986
Place of birth England
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Teams managed
Years Team
2004–2010 Chelsea LFC
2012 D.C. United Women
2013 Washington Spirit Reserve
2013–2015 Washington Spirit
2015– Portland Thorns

Mark Parsons is a soccer manager and currently the head coach of the Portland Thorns in the National Women's Soccer League.


Parsons holds UEFA A & B Licenses, a USSF National Youth License and a NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.

Managerial career

Chelsea LFC

He spent six years in multiple coaching roles in England, including time as the head coach of Chelsea Ladies Reserve[1] which he led to an unprecedented three championships in his first season.[2]

DC United Women Under-20s

In 2012, Parsons led the D.C. United Women Under-20s to the 2012 Super-20 League final, which they lost the final against Colorado Rapids Women.[3]

Washington Spirit Reserves

He was signed by Washington Spirit on 16 March 2013 to manage their reserve team for the 2013 W-League season.[3]

Washington Spirit

Following the dismissal of Washington Spirit manager Mike Jorden, on July 2013 he was promoted to be the first team manager.[4][5]

Parsons stepped down from his position as head coach and GM of the Washington Spirit on 30 September 2015.[6]

Portland Thorns

On 5 October 2015, Parsons accepted the position as head coach of the Portland Thorns.[7]

He led a new-look team through a 12 game undefeated streak from the beginning of the season, eventually finishing as the regular season champions, winning the NWSL Shield.

Managerial statistics

All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.

As of 13 July 2016
Team Nat Year Record
Washington Spirit Reserves United States 2013 15 9 2 4 60.00
Washington Spirit[8] United States 2013–2015 57 20 13 24 35.09
Portland Thorns FC United States 2016 13 7 5 1 53.85
Career Total 85 36 20 29 42.35

Personal life

Parsons is British. He resides in Beaverton, Oregon with his wife, Hannah and daughter, Edie.[5]


D.C. United Women


Portland Thorns FC

Coach of the Year

NWSL Shield


  1. "Spirit part ways with head coach Mike Jorden". Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  2. "Thorns FC name Mark Parsons as head coach for 2016 season". Thorns FC. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Mark Parsons named Washington Spirit Reserves head coach". Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. "Mark Parsons". Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Game Notes: Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars: June 22, 2016 by Portland Thorns FC – issuu". Portland Thorns FC. 22 June 2016.
  6. "Mark Parsons steps down". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. "Mark Parsons joins Thorns". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. "Spirit Announce Head Coach and General Manager Mark Parsons Will Not Return in 2016". 30 September 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  9. 1 2 "Portland Thorns FC's Mark Parsons Voted Coach of the Year". National Women's Soccer League. October 8, 2016. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
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