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Nikki Parsley-Blocker

 
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One year after joining Liberty's staff as an assistant coach, Nikki Parsley-Blocker was named the program's second head coach on January 16, 2017.

Parsley-Blocker joined Liberty's staff as an assistant coach on May 1 in time for Liberty's first season as a part of the BIG EAST Conference. Parsley-Blocker is the second head coach in the history of the program, taking over for program founder Jodi Murphy, who left in December 2016.

In her first season as head coach, Parsley-Blocker guided Liberty to an 8-11 mark and a No. 23 national ranking at season's end. The Lady Flames finished 5-2 in BIG EAST regular-season play for a second straight year and placed as the runner-up at the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. The Lady Flames faced nine nationally-ranked foes in 2017, including all four 2017 Division I Field Hockey Championship Final Four participants.

Parsley-Blocker instructed Liberty's four All-BIG EAST selections in 2017 - Agueda Moroni (first team), Jill Bolton (first team), Ashley Dykema (first team) and Allison Schaefer (second team). Moroni also went on to become the third All-American in program history, earning NFHCA Division I All-America second team recognition.

Moroni (first team) and Bolton (second team) both garnered inclusion on the NFHCA All-South Region team. In addition, Moroni (first team), Bolton (second team) and Dykema (second team) all garnered recognition on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Field Hockey All-State University Division team.

During her first season with the Lady Flames in fall 2016, Parsley-Blocker helped Liberty post an 8-10 record and finish in second place in the BIG EAST with a 5-2 conference mark. The Lady Flames squared off against 10 nationally ranked opponents in 2016, spotlighted by a 2-1 overtime victory against No. 20 American on Oct. 6.

Parsley-Blocker coached Liberty's five All-BIG EAST selections in 2016, including BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Allison Schaefer and BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year Serena Barr. Barr also went on to earn NFHCA Division I All-America second team honors, becoming the second All-American in program history.

"From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew there was something unbelievably special about Liberty University and its field hockey program," commented Parsley-Blocker. "I truly believe Liberty is set apart from any other institution in the country to allow the school to glorify Jesus Christ. There is absolutely no place I would rather coach at than Liberty, and I'm blessed for the opportunity to lead such a unique group of young women."