In 13 seasons as head men's soccer coach, Patrice Parris has taken North Georgia to nine conference tournaments in a row, including season marks at or above .500 in six out of the last 10 seasons.
In 2017, the Nighthawks went deeper than ever before in the PBC tournament, reaching the championship game and sending it deep into penalty kicks against one of the nation's top-25 teams. In 2016, the Nighthawks finished as runners-up in the Peach Belt Conference regular season standings, the program's highest finish ever.
In 2011, his squad was ranked 72nd out of 175 NCAA Division II programs by the NCAA, the highest ranking in the NCAA DII era. Additionally, Parris' team claimed the NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2010.
During his first season at the helm of the North Georgia soccer program, he led the squad to an 8-10-1 record and a birth in the semifinals of the 2007 Peach Belt Conference tournament. UNG recorded its best start in school history in 2010, going 4-0-3 through the first seven games of the year.
Parris came to North Georgia from Georgia Southern where he was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles from 1994-97, joining the Statesboro (Ga.) High School coaching staff after concluding his career at Georgia Southern. Parris spent three years at Statesboro, helping the Blue Devils win back-to-back region championships. He then moved on to the collegiate ranks, joining the Georgia Southern coaching staff where he served in that capacity until accepting his current position at UNG.
In the summer of 1999, Parris was called up to train with the Jamaican (Reggae Boys) National Team.
During his collegiate career, Parris played in 75 games at forward, marking back and outside-midfield. He helped Georgia Southern to a 14-4-2 record his senior year by scoring five goals and registering four assists for 14 points. Two of his goals came in the Southern Conference Tournament first-round game against Appalachian State, in which he helped the Eagles to a 7-5 win to continue the stellar season. Parris finished his playing career having scored 15 goals and 10 assists for 40 points. He also recorded four-game winning goals during his stay and helped Georgia Southern to its first-ever national ranking.
Parris’ high school days were spent at Bradwell Institute (Hinesville, Georgia), where he was a four-year letterwinner. In 1993 he was named the team’s Best Offensive Player, only to better that his senior season when he was tabbed the Coastal Empire Most Valuable Player and Bradwell’s Best Offensive Player.
Parris graduated from Georgia Southern in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management, and received his Master's in sports management from Georgia Southern in 2007. Parris holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma.