Oscar “Ozzie” Parente is an award-winning and widely respected coach, teacher, and den at Taft. Parente was recently named 2016 Connecticut Large Prep School Coach of the Year for his achievements as head coach of Taft’s boys’ varsity soccer team.
In his first four years as head coach, Parente compiled a 45-15-10 record. He led his teams to a Founders League Championship in 2016, and Class A New England Tournament berths in 2015 and 2016.
A four-year letter winner and team captain at Wesleyan University, Parente was named Academic All-American and Academic All-NESCAC in two consecutive years. He was also a two-time All-State player and team captain at Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut.
Parente holds a U.S. Soccer “E” coaching license, and is the Upper Mid Class Dean, a chemistry teacher, and an assistant basketball coach at Taft.