Parsley, Tingley Join Stuper’s Staff

Nikki Parsley (left, courtesy of USA Field Hockey) and Sue Tingley (right).
Nikki Parsley (left, courtesy of USA Field Hockey) and Sue Tingley (right).

Bulldogs Add Pair of Coaches with Extensive International Experience

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, has made two additions to her staff for the 2014 season -- and they both bring national team experience to the sideline. Nikki Parsley, a former All-American at Northwestern who also has played for Team USA, and Sue Tingley, who played in more than 100 international matches for the Canadian Women's National Team, have joined the Bulldogs.

Parsley and Tingley complete Stuper's staff, which already included associate head coach Tamara Durante (returning for her 10th year). Parsley will be the assistant coach and Tingley will be the volunteer assistant.

"I am very excited to have two former junior and national team players join our staff this year," said Stuper. "Both Nikki and Sue bring incredible passion, enthusiasm and experience to our team. The players are very lucky to have them and I am honored to have Nikki and Sue join Tamara and me as we strive to reach our 2014 season goals."

Parsley just concluded her career at Northwestern, where she earned second team All-American honors last season. A forward/midfielder, she was a four-time All-West Region pick (first team three times, second team once) and was a three-time All-Big 10 selection. She started 76 games, totaling 33 goals and 76 points. This past season she led the Wildcats in goals (13) and points (13-3-29). She was among Northwestern's top three point scorers three times in her four years.

"Nikki is a very talented player and an outstanding young coach," said Stuper. "She will primarily work with our attackers, as well as individual player skill acquisition and development, and play on scout teams as necessary. As a recent graduate she will help bridge the gap between the players and staff."

Northwestern went 54-27 in Parsley's career, earning a share of the Big Ten championship (their first since 1994) last season. Parsley served as a student assistant coach for Northwestern this past spring. In that role she learned the ropes from head coach Tracey Fuchs, a USA Field Hockey Hall of Famer.

Parsley also has extensive experience with USA Field Hockey, including playing for the U.S. at the Four Nations Tournament in New Zealand in April of 2013. She also played on the junior national team alongside Yale's Georgia Holland '14 at the Junior World Cup in Germany in August of 2013, helping the U.S. to a seventh-place finish -- tied for the best in the team's history. In January of 2013 she played in the Australian Youth Olympics, and in September of 2012 she played in the Junior Pan American Games in Mexico. She helped the USA to a third-place finish at the Junior Pan Am Games, leading the team with eight goals.

Parsley has also played for the U.S. U-21 team (on a tour of England in April of 2012) and the U.S. U-19 team (on a tour of Chile in April of 2011).

Parsley just received her B.S. in education and social policy from Northwestern. She earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times, was on the Dean's List three times, and was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

A native of Milford, Del., Parsley attended Milford High School.

Tingley brings extensive international experience to her new role. Born in St. John, New Brunswick, she earned more than 100 international caps playing for the Canadian Women's National Team. She was named Most Valuable Player at the 1997 Junior World Cup Qualifier in Chile, where Canada finished in second place.

"Sue will work with our defensive unit, as well as help refine our players' technical skills," said Stuper. "Sue's accomplishments as a Canadian National Team member are impressive and she will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team in all areas of the game!"

Tingley also played for Canada at the 1997 Junior World Cup in Korea, the 1997 World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe, the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia, the 1999 Pan American Games in Canada, the 2001 Americas Cup in Jamaica, the 2001 World Cup qualifier in France and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in England.

A midfielder, Tingley played collegiately for the University of Alberta. She competed in three national championships and was named the University of Alberta's female athlete of the year in 2000.  In 2002 she played for Push in the Dutch league Hoofdklasse.

Tingley, a doctor, has a B.S. in kinesiology from Alberta (2001) and an M.S. in kinesiology from the University of British Columbia (2005). She received an undergraduate medical degree from Dalhousie University in 2011, and did a family medicine residency at Dalhousie from 2011 to 2013. She currently works at Physician One Urgent Care, primarily out of Groton, Conn.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity