Magaña enters his second year at Lees-McRae College as the head coach for women's soccer.
“I’m really excited about welcoming back Kiko to campus. He brings a great spirit to the program and will further develop our women's soccer program,” praised McPhail. “His personality and familiarity to Lees-McRae are key attributes to him. Kiko has a great love for our campus and will make a difference for our team.”
Magaña played for the Bobcats from 2005-2008 and was a key component of the 2007 squad that appeared in the NCAA Elite 8 with a record of 21-2-1.
Prior to LMC, he served as the head women’s soccer coach at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Wash. from 2012-2015. At BC, Magaña recruited highly skilled and academically qualified student-athletes year round by attending high school and club games and college showcases.
He developed and maintained relationships with high school and club coaches and met with players regularly to support academic achievement, student success, athletic performance of student-athletes and make referrals to campus services as needed.
During his stint at Bellevue, Magaña was a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference Soccer Sports Committee. During that time, he helped insure that the sport is was being conducted in the manner proper for that sport and in the best academic interest of the NWAC conference student-athletes. He recommended revision of sport rules and tournament regulations to the executive board and served as a resource for region coaches and commissioners.
“I’m very excited and privileged at the opportunity to take over the LMC women’s soccer program,” said Magaña. “I want to thank BC for all the support the last four years. I’m looking forward to starting a new era in the women’s soccer program here at LMC.”
Outside of the collegiate realm, he served as head coach for the Mercer Island FC (2013-present) and Seattle United (2012-2013) squad.
In 2012, Magaña served as the assistant coach for the varsity boys’ soccer team at Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash.
He has been first aid and CPR certified for four years and is a Grade 8 Referee and has earned his USSF “D” license.
Parker will enter her third season as the assistant coach for women's soccer at Lees-McRae in 2017.
“Chelsea was highly recommended to us and this is a great attribute to her character and skills. I am pleased to have her working with Coach (Kiko) Magaña, while developing our young women on and off the pitch,” said McPhail.
Before trekking to Banner Elk, Parker spent the last eight months as a substitute teacher in Richmond, Va. while serving as an assistant coach for the varsity soccer squad at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Va.
She gained a plethora of soccer coaching knowledge while at Shorter University in Rome, Ga., where she was the goalkeepers coach and graduate assistant from July 2013-Dec. 2014. Parker earned her master’s in art in leadership at Shorter.
“I am very pleased to have Chelsea join the staff. She brings great energy, drive and determination in developing players and will play a huge role in recruiting,” praised Magaña. “Chelsea is very eager to begin this new chapter in her coaching career and will be a valuable asset to the coaching staff.”
Parker is a graduate of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C., where she majored in history and double minored in English and women’s studies.
For the Lions, she was a four-year player while serving as captain for two. Parker earned second-team all-conference recognition in the South Atlantic Conference in 2011 and was presented with the SAC Senior Academic Award in 2013.
“I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity at Lees-McRae College. During my time at Mars Hill University, I always enjoyed playing at MC and respected its women’s soccer program,” said Parker. “Coaching women’s college soccer is my dream job and I could not be happier to be here and in a position to coach, but also learn from those around me and build relationships. I am excited about the upcoming season and to coach alongside Kiko.”
Parker is a four-time member of the Dean’s List and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Tau Delta.
She is USSF E and D coaching certified.