Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- St. Scholastica defensive coordinator Tom Parekvich has accepted the head coaching job at Iowa Wesleyan, it was announced on Monday.
Parkevich has been the Saints' defensive coordinator since the program's beginning four years ago and this past season guided a unit that led all of Division III in turnover margin.
St. Scholastica recorded its first undefeated regular season in 2011 with a record of (10-0), won its first-ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season title, and qualified for its first-ever NCAA tournament.
“The four years here have been awesome,” Parkevich said. “To be part of a start up program and to see how St. Scholastica wanted to do things right, from the guys we recruited, to facilities, to the support has been great. From 1-7 the first year to being in the trophy case as the first NCAA playoff team is something special. The school has been tremendous to my family as has the city of Duluth. These will be four years that I will never forget and there will be a lot kids that I'll never forget.”
Iowa Wesleyan is in the midst of applying for NCAA Division III membership and was accepted in December as the 10th member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conferece, which is set to begin play in the 2013-14 season.
St. Scholastica head coach Greg Carlson has said he will initially look within his current staff for a replacement and that he hopes to have the position filled by March 1.