Tom Parkevich was defensive
coordinator for all four of St. Scholastica's
Photo by Scott Pierson, d3photography.com
Tom Parkevich has been named the new head coach for the Iowa
Wesleyan football program, it was announced by athletic director
Iowa Wesleyan announced last fall that it was applying to NCAA
Division III. The majority of the school's sports will
affiliate with the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
upon the school's acceptance into NCAA provisional status, and
football may affiliate with the Upper Midwest Athletic conference
as other SLIAC member schools do.
Parkevich comes from St. Scholastica, the 2011 champion of the
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. He was the school's defensive
coordinator. Parkevich replaces Kent Anderson, who coached the
Tigers the past two years and was recently named head coach at
Waldorf. He takes over a program that finished 4-7 last year, its
most wins in a season since 1997.
"We are happy to announce Tom Parkevich as our new head
football coach," said Hampton. "Tom impressed all here at IWC
throughout the interview process and will be a great fit here. He
has extensive experience coordinating successful defenses, and his
experience coaching at the NCAA Division III level will be valuable
during the college's transition process."
This past year he directed the defense for a Saints team that
recorded the school's first-ever undefeated season and received its
first berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs in the program's
"I feel extremely honored to be named the head football coach of
Iowa Wesleyan College, and to be the coach to lead the Tiger
football program into a new era," Parkevich said. "I can assure our
staff is going to work hard to build a program that Iowa Wesleyan
and the Mount Pleasant community can be proud of. My family and I
are looking forward to becoming a member of the Iowa Wesleyan
College and Mount Pleasant communities."
Parkevich's defenses at St. Scholastica ranked among the best
statistically in the nation in NCAA Division III the past two years
in turnover margin, leading Division III in 2011 and finishing
second in 2010.
Parkevich joined St. Scholastica after spending the previous 10
years at Earlham. He served as defensive coordinator over his final
eight seasons with the Quakers after spending his first two years
as the football program's linebackers coach. Prior to his stint at
Earlham, Parkevich was the defensive coordinator for the football
program at Blackburn, a program which is now defunct, from
This will be Parkevich's first collegiate head football coaching
job. He served as head baseball coach for 13 years during his
stints at both Earlham and Blackburn.
A native of Logansport, Ind., Parkevich is a 1991 graduate of
Mount Senario, where he was a two-time all-conference honoree at
inside linebacker, two-year team captain, two-time defensive MVP
and team MVP as a senior.