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Candice Parent has been involved with the Colby volleyball program since the fall of 1993 and begins her 19th season as head coach in the 2013-14 academic year. Her program was honored in 2005 and 2002 when Parent was named NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Parent reached a milestone in the 2012-13 season, earning her 300th career victory at Colby. She heads into the 2013 season with a career record at Colby of 306-260.
Parent helped the Mules to four straight 20-plus win seasons from 2002 to 2005, including a 37-4 record and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament Final Eight in 2005.
In 1997 and 2001 her colleagues selected her as the Maine State Coach of the Year. In December 1999 Parent was selected as the female recipient of the Rick Pierce Award, a regional award based on sportsmanship, competitiveness, and volunteerism given out annually by the Yankee Volleyball Association. Parent continues to play volleyball at the highest-level tournaments in New England through the USA Volleyball Association and each year she participates in the USA Volleyball Nationals at various sites across the country.
Parent is a graduate of University of Maine at Farmington and was inducted into the Beavers' Hall of Fame in 2010.
Parent and her husband, Mark, are the parents of five children -- Emily, Matthew, Daniel, Ryan, and Lydia. Mark is a former assistant coach for the Colby volleyball team.
John Leighton, Assistant Coach
John Leighton, who has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, enters his first season with the Colby volleyball team in the 2013-14 academic year.
Leighton spent the past eight years as the first assistant coach at The College of Saint Rose, an NCAA Division II school. He was offensive and recruiting coordinator, plus worked with the team's setters and was the serving coach. Saint Rose had a 134-92 record and two NCAA tourney appearances during Leighton's eight years.
"We are lucky to have John join our Colby staff this fall. He has an outstanding knowledge of the game," Parent said. "There will be some adjustments for him as he goes from a Division II program to our conference, but his experience level is rare for this type of assistant position. I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with him."
Leighton also was an assistant coach at Russell Sage College for one season and a volunteer assistant coach at Union College for one year. He started his volleyball coaching career as a volunteer assistant for one year at Scotia-Glenville (N.Y.) High School. Leighton, with nearly 15 years of teaching experience in schools in New York and Maine, also has coached high school track and field, cross country, and softball.
Leighton, a native of Maine, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and added his master's degree while at Saint Rose.