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The Parise Family

by LYDIA COBB | photos by Love, Jayde Photography

Soccer is Central, but the Parise Family Has Even More Going On

When Janet Parise grew up in Pennsylvania, her dad arranged neighborhood games of baseball, touch football, or soccer that brought the kids together. Janet attended Seton Hill on a soccer scholarship and majored in human resources and psychology. Some of her childhood friends attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where David Parise studied visual communications, and they were introduced. A love of sports and community centeredness thrives in their family today.

With two teens in high school and one in college, Janet and David keep busy. San Elijo Hills is home after relocating from Castaic (near Magic Mountain) for David’s career. “My husband’s and my family live on the East Coast, so we wanted to live in an area where we felt part of the community, and you make great friends that become your family,” revealed Janet.

“”Although we have different areas of interest and hobbies, we are all very supportive of each other.”

family02One by one, the Parise children move up at San Marcos High. Kaytlin graduated in 2013 – she was on the swim team and won Artist of the Year. She dedicated a year to work with DC colorist Alex Sinclair and as a caricature artist at Legoland. She’s now studying illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. Zakery is a senior and president of the school’s technology club. He played JV soccer but is now focused on creating video games – anticipating a new game launch before graduation. Ali is a sophomore and shares her mom’s passion for soccer. She’s on the team, referees, and mentors younger soccer players.

Janet is the Varsity girls soccer coach at San Marcos High and San Marcos soccer matrix coach, after two years coaching soccer at Mission Hills High. She began coaching with their youngest children in AYSO soccer teams. She led FC Sol in its restructure, growing the club from 5 to 18 teams in just a few years. She returned to her AYSO roots and coaches Ali’s team. “The girls played nine tournaments this summer and have four gold and four silver medals,” she proudly recounted.

David loves golf and grilling. Janet crochets and paints. “Although we have different areas of interest and hobbies, we are all very supportive of each other,” added Janet. Their support is cast wider. Her G98 recreational soccer team held a Crossbar Challenge fundraiser for their teammate battling bone cancer. From the field of play to the field of dreams, the Parise family works together to make a positive impact.


Parents: Janet and David Parise
Children: Kaytlin (19), Zakery (18), and Alex “Ali” (16)
Community: San Elijo Hills since 2006
Parents’ Hometowns: David – Warren, OH; Janet – North Huntingdon, PA
Parents’ Occupations: Janet – San Marcos High Varsity Girls Soccer Coach and San Marcos Matrix Soccer Coach; David – Senior Director of User Experience at Great Call
Pets: Daisy, Louis, and Toby – Maltese Poodle/Shih Tzu mixes
Favorite Local Places: Old California Restaurant Row, any soccer field, Regal Movie Theater, AMF Eagle Lanes, Double Peak trail, our backyard

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