Nate Parrish enters his seventh season as the head men's golf coach and sixth as women's head golf coach.
Arriving on the Domain to coach the men's team in the fall of 2013, he added the responsibilities of the women's coach the following year in the fall of 2014.
As the head coach of both the men's and women's program, he has seen eight student-athletes, four men and four women, named to the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) All-Conference Teams.
Academically, a total of 46 selections, 25 men and 21 women, were listed onto the SAA Academic Honor Roll.
On a regional and national level, two female golfers have been tabbed All-American under Parrish, and he was named the WGCA National Coach of the Year in 2016.
As Head Women's Golf Coach
In 2018-19, the women's golf program recorded a fifth place finish at the SAA Championships, held at the GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn. Although the team did not finish with a national ranking with the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) at the end of the season, the team were ranked as high as 20th in the nation.
Parrish saw one student-athlete, Sophie Morrill, named to the All-Conference Team. In addition, five players were named to the SAA Academic Honor Roll.
In 2017-18, led by All-SAA First Team selection Meghan Symonds, the team finished third in the conference tournament. After playing the previous two years in the team championship, Symonds was selected to compete in her third straight NCAA Championships as an individualist.
Symonds, who was a Second Team All-American by the WGCA, earned her best finish at the Championships, finishing in 24th with a four-round score of 322 (81-79-74-78).
Academically, the team placed six on the SAA Academic Honor Roll.
The 2016-17 season picked up where the team left off the previous season. The only thing missing was a conference championship. The team conquered the feat, as the program won its first-ever conference championship.
The Tigers captured their first SAA Championship with a team score of 963 (324-329-310). Additionally, Meghan Symonds was named co-medalist honors with an eight-over, 227 (74-81-72). She was also a First Team selection.
Qualifying for its second NCAA Championships, the team finished 10th with a score of 1,293 (324-320-315-334).
The 2015-16 season saw history for the women's program. The team won a tri-match with SAA opponents Berry and Oglethorpe to start the fall campaign.
Three weeks later, the team won the Huntingdon Intercollegiate and finished second at the GolfWeek Preview, one stroke behind Texas-Tyler.
In the spring, the Tigers won the Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate by 12 strokes ahead of Whitman (Wash.). The Tigers captured second place at the SAA Championships, five strokes behind eventual National Champion Rhodes.
However, the committee saw the success that Sewanee, led by 2014 SAA Woman of the Year Emily Javadi, was able to compete with the nationally-ranked opponents. With that, the team qualified for its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, and they did not disappoint. Sewanee finished seventh with a 946 score (315-324-307).
The postseason awards were coming in for Sewanee. Javadi was named a First Team All-American by the WGCA, while Parrish earned national recognition as the WGCA Golf Pride Grips National Coach of the Year.
From the conference office, three were selected All-Conference, and six were named to the Academic Honor Roll.
During the 2014-15 campaign, the Tigers finished in fourth at the SAA Championships, but Emily Javadi, who finished in third, qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive year and finished 12th with a 319 (79-82-77-81).
Two players garnered All-Conference honors, while four were named to the Academic Honor Roll.
As Head Men's Golf Coach
The 2018-19 season saw them in fourth at the 2019 SAA Championships, hosted at the GreyStone Golf Club. Firing an 891 (311-294-286), Nick Powell was carded as a Second Team All-Conference selection.
Two Tigers were listed on the SAA Academic Honor Roll.
The 2017-18 campaign saw the best finish in the SAA Championships for the men, finishing in a tie for second with Oglethorpe, firing an 899 (296-299-304). Two Tigers, Gray Matthews and Tommy Oliver, finished in the Top 10.
Oliver added additional postseason honors, earning the SAA Co-Player of the Year and a First Team selection. Additionally, he earned an All-Region and All-America selection from PING and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). He was also a semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award.
The team started the season ranked 25th in the country, according to the Golfweek Coaches Poll. They received the highest ranking of the year of 10th during the season.
Sewanee had a total of three players named All-Conference, and five were selected to the Academic Honor Roll.
The 2016-17 edition of the Tigers saw the team capture a sixth place in the conference championships. In the fall schedule, the team took home two tournament championships: the Piedmont College Fall Invitational and the Reeder Cup.
Eight student-athletes were named to the SAA Academic Honor Roll.
The 2015-16 season saw improvement for the men's team, as they finished sixth at the SAA Championships. Two student-athletes were named to the Academic Honor Roll.
Parrish's first two seasons as men's head coach saw identical seventh place finishes at the SAA Championships.
Previous Experience and Personal
Prior to coaching the golf programs at Sewanee, Parrish ran several businesses in the Nashville area. While in private business, Coach Parrish was an assistant volunteer coach at the Ensworth School in Nashville. Several high school players coach Parrish worked with moved on to both NCAA Division I and Division III collegiate programs.
A lifelong Tennessean, Parrish is married to his wife, Nancy, and they have four children: Nate, Jr., Cole (C'15), Elizabeth (C'19) and Corinne (C'21).