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Where are they now? The Torch checks up on four former Red Storm soccer stars

Tim Parker (Photo: Athletic Communications)
Tim Parker (Photo: Athletic Communications)

Catching up with some former Johnnies and their recent athletic success

Tim Parker– The 6’2 defender enjoyed a stellar career with the Red Storm from 2011-14, finishing his collegiate career with four goals, two game-winners, four assists and posted 30 clean sheets. The centre back is playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC wearing #26. After being selected 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the Hicksville native has appeared in nine contests for the second place Whitecaps FC. He also helped lead St. John’s to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2011-2013) and the 2011 Big East Tournament title.

Chris Wingert– The former St. John’s midfielder is playing professionally less than 15 miles away from Belson Stadium with New York City Football Club (NYCFC), and is in his 13th season with his fourth MLS team (Columbus Crew 2005, Colorado Rapids 2006-07, Real Salt Lake 2008-2014, NYCFC 2015-Present). After winning the 2003 Hermann Trophy as the best collegiate player, the Babylon, Long Island native was drafted by Crew SC in the second round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. The 5’11 defender also made an appearance for the United States National Team against Sweden on January 24, 2009.

Amy Marron– The three-time All BIG East honoree is currently serving as a graduate assistant coach under head coach Ian Stone for the Red Storm women’s soccer team. Marron played professionally in Iceland for Afturelding in the summer of 2014, a team competing in one of the top leagues in Iceland. The Valhalla, NY native finished her Red Storm career with 70 appearances, eight goals, 11 assists and 27 points. 

Jen Leaverton– A standout for the Red Storm from 2008-11, the former forward standout was named assistant coach for the Women’s Soccer program in early July. The Mansfield, Massachusetts native spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at New York University. In 2014, Leaverton and her colleagues were recognized as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year when NYU reached the NCAA Division III Tournament. Leaverton currently ranks 10th on the St. John’s all-time scoring list with 17 goals and holds two certifications from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, NSCAA Goalkeeping Certificate Level 1 and an NSCAA National Diploma.

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