"A year ago this time, I was building a barbed-wire fence," Parchman said Thursday during the SWJCFC Media Day Press Conference, "and then I thought, 'There's got to be something better to do.'.
Parchman fashioned a 152-73-1 coaching record in 20 seasons at Frenship, Cisco, El Paso Socorro, Llano and Midland Lee High Schools in Texas. At Midland Lee, he compiled an 88-23-1 record in nine years, and led the Rebels to three consecutive state championships (1998-2000) in the largest classification.
Cisco's Wranglers are coming a 7-4 season and a 47-28 CHAMPS Heart o' Texas Bowl victory over Dodge City, Ks., at Copperas Cove, Tx., last December.
The new coach, recruiting with a clear West Texas flair, must rebuild a squad that lost a ton of talent. The departure of Conference Player of the Year and Offensive MVP quarterback Marcus Johnson, Defensive MVP safety Jonathan Batson, and six other first-team all-SWJCFC performers created some big openings.
Here's a thumbnail preview of Parchman's 2006 Cisco Wranglers, picked to finish No. 7 in the SWJCFC Coaches Preseason Poll.
TEAM: Cisco Wranglers
COLORS: Blue and White
HOME FIELD: Chesley Field
HEAD COACH: John Parchman (1st year)
ASSISTANT COACHES: Derek Atchley (DC); Scott Taylor (RB); Trevor Rubly (DB); Trey Haverty (WR); Nathan Lanerd (DL)
2005 SEASON RECORD: 7-4
2005 CONFERENCE RECORD: 4-2
POSITION IN STANDINGS: Four-way tie for first, but third-seeded for the playoffs.
BOWL GAMES: Won The CHAMPS Heart o' Texas Bowl over Dodge City, 47-28.
NJCAA 2005 FINAL RANKING: No. 16
MOVING ON: Marcus Johnson (QB, Tarleton State), Chauncey Campbell (RB, Abilene Christian), Kory Dowell (WR, East Central), Colby Williams (LB, East Central); Demarcus Young (DE, East Central); Turtle Conner (WR, Abilene Christian); Victor Tokunboh (DE, Tarleton State); Cody Thompson (LB, Midwestern); Jonathon Batson (DB, Texas A&M); Adrian Asbury (DT, Tarleton State); Morgan Taylor (CB, Texas State); Leslie Adams (LB, Tarleton State).
RETURNING: Ryan Scott (6-3, 345, OL, Westpoint, Ala); Ryan Peterson (6-2, 255, DL, Hays Consolidated); Tait Langston (6-0, 220, LB, Lubbock Cooper); Micah Hill (5-10, 180, DB, Klein Forest); Lionel Young (5-9, 170, DB, San Antonio Roosevelt).
NJCAA PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Johnny Chavareza (6-0, 230, RB); Ryan Scott (OL); Ryan Peterson (DL); Micah Hill (DB)
TOP FRESHMAN RECRUITS: Clay Fernandez (6-0, 175, WR, Wink); Jordan Walker (6-1, 190, DB, San Marcos); Trent Hines (6-3, 225, TB, Midland Lee); Marsaughn Moses (6-3, 210, QB, Lubbock); Don Stephenson (6-3, 310, OL, Wolfforth Frenship); Travis Reidy (6-4, 285, 6-4, 285, OL, Round Rock Westwood); Kyle Piercefield (6-3, 240, TE, Big Spring); Billy Harris (6-1, 180, WR, Lubbock Coronado); Quentin Taylor (6-4, 275, DL, San Marcos); Chasley Walker (6-3, 240, DE, San Antonio); Marcus Brooks (5-11, 280, DL, Abilene); Jeremy Franklin (6-1, 240, LB, Gainesville); Sirron Dewitt (6-2, 210, LB, San Angelo Central); Krandon Knighten (6-2, 225, LB, Duncanville); Kyle Smith (6-3, 180, SS, San Marcos).
DATE OPPONENT TIME
Aug ust 26 -- at Independence CC, Ks. 7 p.m.
September 2 -- at Sul Ross University JV 7 p.m.
September 9 -- v. Ranger (at Eastland) 7 p.m.
September 16 -- Tyler * 7 p.m.
September 23 -- at Trinity Valley * 7 p.m.
September 30 -- Northeastern Oklahoma A&M * 7 p.m.
October 7 -- Open Date
October 14 -- at Navarro * 3 p.m.
October 21 -- Blinn * + 3 p.m.
October 28 -- at Kilgore * 6 p.m.
* Denotes SWJCFC Games
+ Denotes Homecoming