Published on: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Keith Parsons has joined King's as Cricket Professional/Performance Coach and Cricket Festival Manager, to work across both schools with the highly successful cricket coaching team.

Keith is a popular figure in Somerset and looking forward to bringing his knowledge and enthusiasm to his new role. Keith commented: “I’m really excited about working at a school with such a great tradition of producing fine cricketers, and look forward to continuing to help players achieve their goals.

“The quality of the facilities and players at King’s is excellent, and it will be great to be part of it. The summer cricket festivals have become part of Taunton’s sporting calendar, attracting players from all over the UK and overseas. As the new festival’s manager, I can’t wait to enhance this reputation by providing a quality venue and experience for young cricketers to enjoy and develop their skills.”

Born and educated in Taunton, Keith made his way through the youth ranks at Somerset before making his debut in 1992. The following year he was named the Somerset Young Player of the Year, and from that point on, he was a regular for Somerset for over a decade. Keith made 130 First Class appearances for Somerset, scoring 5,324 runs with a best of 193 not out. He also took over 100 First Class wickets with a best of five for 13. He was named Man of the Match when Somerset lifted the C&G Trophy at Lord’s in 2001.

Director of Sport, Phil Lewis said: "We are delighted to have appointed Mr Parsons. I have known him for many years, having played cricket together and more recently crossing paths in cricket coaching circles.

“We are really excited to have him on board to assist me and the Head of Cricket Rob Woodman with the girls and boys cricket programmes, as well as leading our exciting cricket festival team. Keith has a huge amount of experience and knowledge to offer our pupils, so I’m confident he will add another element to our ever-evolving sports provision."

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