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Head Coach Keith Parr

Keith Parr has led the Christopher Newport softball program since 2003, and has overseen an amazing era in the program's 33-year history. The Captains have become one of the elite softball programs in all of Division III with Parr at the helm, and during the 2016 season achieved the highest program ranking ever, second in the country.

Through 14 seasons as head coach, Parr has posted an overall record of 474-153-1 for a winning percentage of .756. Parr's Captains have also advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last ten seasons.

Parr’s success has been especially evident in conference play, as the Captains have recorded a record of 184-36-1 in the USA South and Capital Athletic Conference for a winning percentage of .836. CNU began play in the Capital Athletic Conference in 2014, and captured the conference title in its first three seasons of membership.

In the eight-year span from 2009 to 2017, Parr’s teams have registered an overall record of 324-91 for a winning percentage of .781.

The 2017 season marked the eleventh straight season Parr's Captains have posted 30 or more victories, as the Captains finished 34-10 overall and 13-1 in the CAC.  The 2016 season consisted of a 35-9 record, while going 12-2 in conference. 

In 2015, CNU went 30-9 overall and 13-1 in the CAC. Christopher Newport advanced to the NCAA Super-Regional Round of 16 for the second straight season, and finished ranked 12th in the country by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Captains concluded the 2014 season with a 38-8 record and an 11-1 mark in the CAC. Parr led the squad to the Super-Regional round of 16, and the Captains concluded the season ranked sixth in the nation.In 2013, his squad finished 34-13, and in 2012 went 37-11 and concluded the campaign ranked number 20 in the nation.

In 2011, CNU advanced to the National Championship game in Salem for the first time in program history. The Captains posted a final mark of 38-12 and finished the year ranked #3 in the country. The 2010 CNU squad finished 42-10 under Parr, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's final eight. It was the best record in program history. CNU finished the year ranked #5 in the nation.

It didn’t take long for Parr to make a splash after taking over the program from Paul Weiss, whom he had assisted for several years. In his first year as head coach of the Christopher Newport program in 2004, Parr directed his team to a 36-7 record, the best in school history at the time. The Captains were ranked in the Top 25 in the nation most of the year, at one point as high as sixth. CNU swept to the USA South regular season championship with a 15-1 record. For his efforts he was named conference Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm. He also received the same honor from the Virginia Sports Information Directors for Divisions II and III in Virginia.

Along with the outstanding record, Parr has assisted in the development of ten All-Americans. In 2004, Dallas Slosjarik was named first team All-America by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the first time CNU had a first team pick. Rachael Payne (2017), Scoop Simon (2016) and Sabrina Hill (2015) are the most recent All-American selections under Coach Parr, joining Lauren Batson, Katie Moyers, Taylor Morgan, Jessie Atkinson, Jennifer Falin and Chelsea Mitchell.

For his efforts, Parr was named the USA South Coach of the Year four times (2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011). He has also received statewide recognition from VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors), which has named him Division II-III Coach of the Year in 2004, 2010, 2011, and 2014.

Parr graduated in 1999 from Christopher Newport with a degree in Recreation, Sports, and Wellness Management. He assisted former head coach Paul Weiss for four years from 2000-2003, a span that saw the Captains go 131-38-2 for a winning percentage of .772, at the time the most successful four-year stretch in CNU softball history.

At CNU, he played four years of baseball for head coach Curt Long. During his senior year, Parr had a 2.66 earned run average, leading the team in that category. He recorded five wins in 12 appearances, including five starts. Opponents hit just .217 off him that year as well.

Parr was instrumental in organizing and founding a successful team in the Tidewater Collegiate Summer Baseball League in which he was a player/coach for three years. Parr also was involved as an instructor for numerous collegiate baseball and softball camps. He also worked for the Virginia Roadsters of the Women’s Professional Softball League in the summer of 1999.

CNU softball is definitely a family affair for him. He is married to former CNU softball player Joy Davison. They have a son, Drew, and a daughter, Jordan