Chris Parra


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Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Year Started: 1911

Location: Dallas, Texas

Enrollment: Approximately 12,000 students

Public or Private: Private


Starting in 2024-2025, the Mustangs are a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Interesting Facts and Stats:

-SMU is known for its strong alumni network and has a high rate of alumni who go on to hold significant leadership positions.

-The university is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes a library, museum, and policy institute.

-SMU offers a robust study abroad program, with nearly half of its undergraduates participating in international study.

-The Meadows Museum at SMU holds one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

-The Cox School of Business is highly regarded and consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation.

Most Prolific Majors:

-Business Administration


-Computer Science

-Arts and Performance

-Political Science

University Accolades, Awards, and Rankings:

-Ranked among the top national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

-The Cox School of Business is frequently listed among the top 25 business schools in the United States.

-SMU’s Dedman School of Law is well-regarded and has a strong placement rate in prestigious law firms and clerkships.

-Recognized for its beautiful campus, which features Georgian-style architecture and landscaped grounds.

Specific Admission Numbers Criteria:

-SAT Scores: Middle 50% range is typically 1330-1500

-ACT Scores: Middle 50% range is typically 29-33

-Average GPA Admission: Approximately 3.7 (unweighted)

Total Enrollment: 

-Approximately 12,000 students

-Percentage of Male: 48%

-Percentage of Female: 52%


-In-State Tuition: Approximately $60,236 per year

-Out-of-State Tuition: Approximately $60,236 per year (tuition is the same for all students regardless of residency)

Religious Affiliation

-Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but offers a nonsectarian curriculum and welcomes students of all faiths.

Please note that the enrollment, tuition, and admission statistics may vary and are subject to change. It’s advisable to check the university’s official website or contact the admissions office for the most up-to-date information.

​Southern Methodist University
Dallas, tx

Jerry Pittman Head Men’s Golf Coach Chris Parra has been at the helm of the SMU men’s golf program since he was named full-time head coach on April 16, 2020, after serving the 2019-20 season as interim head coach.

Parra was named American Athletic Conference Head Coach of the Year for the 2021-22 season after leading the Mustangs to their second AAC title since joining the league in 2013, and 10th title in program history behind a 54-hole tournament-record performance at Southern Hills Golf Club (282-277-276, -29).

In his first two seasons as head coach, Parra led the Mustangs to their two best finishes (No. 12 in 2019-20, No. 18 in 2020-21) in the Golfstat rankings since the organization began ranking teams in 1993-94. The Mustangs have won five of 24 tournaments since he took over the reins of the program, and produced nine individual tournament champions in that timespan.

Parra’s time at SMU has been highlighted by success in NCAA postseason play, including leading the Mustangs to the 2021 NCAA Championships in his first opportunity as head coach. As an assistant in 2015, he saw Bryson DeChambeau win the program’s first individual NCAA Championship, and helped the Mustangs reach the 2019 NCAA Quarterfinals after a memorable playoff win against Clemson for the eighth and final spot.

In addition, the Mustangs won the 2015 Noblesville (Ind.) Regional and Noah Goodwin claimed medalist honors at the 2021 Stillwater (Okla.) Regional, Parra’s first NCAA Regional as head coach.

Since arriving on campus in 2014, Parra has coached 15 All-American Athletic Conference selections (three as head coach), 11 all-region selections, three AAC Golfers of the Year (DeChambeau, 2015; Mac Meissner, 2019; Noah Goodwin, 2021), seven All-Americans, and been a part of nine tournament wins. Eight of his players have gone on to play professionally, including three who won professional tournaments in 2021; DeChambeau (eight-time PGA Tour Winner), Austin Smotherman (Korn Ferry Tour tournament winner) and Meissner (Forme Tour tournament winner).

In addition to success on the course, the Mustangs have been successful in their courses during Parra’s tenure. The Mustangs have earned an Outstanding Team Academic Award five times in Parra’s eight school years, including both seasons that Parra has been in charge of the program. In addition, 19 Mustangs have been named All-America Scholars by the GCAA, with 14 of those selections coming since Parra was named head coach.

In 2019, the Mustangs won his first two events as acting head coach, making him just the 11th men’s golf coach in NCAA history to win multiple events in his first season as head coach, and the first to win his first two tournaments as head coach since Mississippi State’s Nick Goetze in 1998. The Mustangs would rise all the way to No. 2 in the Golfstat rankings and sat at No. 12 at the time of the season’s cancellation due to COVID-19. The following season, Parra led the Mustangs to a NCAA Championships bid and a national finish of T-17th, after spending the entire season in Golfstat’s top 25.

The Irving, Texas, native played for the Mustangs from 1996-98, earning a tournament win in 1997 at the UTSA Invitational. Parra had a 75.94 stroke average in six collegiate events, turning pro in 1999.

Parra competed professionally for 14 years (1999-2014), spending most of his career on what is now known as the Korn Ferry Tour. He played in 36 events on the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit, earning one top-10 finish and four top-25 finishes. His best finish came in 2010, where he finished tied for seventh at the Fort Smith Classic.

In 2006, Parra made his first PGA Tour appearance in the Byron Nelson Championship, where he made the cut and finished 72nd overall. Later in his professional career, he played in the LatinoAm and the PGA Canada Tour. At the 2013 U.S. Open Local Sectional Qualifying, Parra carded a 70 to tie for second.

Parra’s Head Coaching Record:
Parra Timeline:
2019-Present: SMU (head coach)
2014-19: SMU (assistant coach)
1999-2014: Professional career (Korn Ferry Tour + others)
1996-98: SMU (student-athlete)
Note: was acting/interim head coach in 2019-20

Parra by the numbers:
19: GCAA All-America Scholars
15: AAC All-Conference selections
13: Tournament Victories
7: All-Americans
6: GCAA Outstanding Team Academic Award
3: NCAA Championships Appearances
3: AAC Golfers of the Year
2015 Individual NCAA Champion

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