Coach Biography: Oscar Parente
Head Coach, Boys' Thirds Basketball
Oscar (Ozzie) Parente, who is also the assistant boys’ varsity soccer coach, came to Taft as a science teaching fellow in the Fall of 2009 after graduating from Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry. While at Wesleyan University, Ozzie was a four-year letter winner for varsity soccer and the team captain his senior year. During his freshman year, Wesleyan Men’s Soccer won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, and in both Ozzie’s freshman and sophomore years, the team earned bids to the Division III NCAA tournament. Ozzie earned Second Team Academic All-American and Academic All-NESCAC honors in both his junior and senior years. Ozzie played his high school soccer at Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was again a four-year letter winner and the team captain his senior year. He was also named to the All-State Team for Connecticut during both his junior and senior years at Hopkins. Ozzie played club soccer with South Central Premier and with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) for the state of Connecticut. In addition to coaching soccer at Taft, Ozzie teaches chemistry and has coached basketball and track and field. He is currently living in HDT 3, where he serves as the dormitory head.