That is the word head girls varsity soccer coach and chemistry teacher Ms. Jennifer Parsons used to sum up her past nine years at George Mason High School.
It is Sunday afternoon and, among the hushed chatter, snoring, and furious studying, Parsons is attempting to find a comfortable position on a very bumpy bus seat. Parsons and her 17 “daughters,” are riding home from Radford, Va. after capturing their eighth consecutive state soccer championship.
Although a joyous ride, it is also a somber one as Parsons knows that this is the last of many bus rides with her players.
Two hundred seventy nine games, 77 players, nine years, and eight consecutive state championships later, Parsons is departing the GM community and leaving a legacy behind. Although Parsons is leaving, she hopes that the traditions that have been established during her time will be carried on by upperclassmen.
“I hope that with such a large senior class presence in the next year that they carry on the traditions that are important and have been carried out all the years that I have been at GM,” said Parsons.
Back in 2006, fresh out of Virginia Commonwealth University, Parsons was interested in teaching and even more interested in coaching soccer at the high school level. She found exactly what she desired when George Mason High School her as a chemistry teacher and head varsity soccer coach.