Headmaster Benson Clayton Parrish, has been a member of the staff at Briarwood since 1996 where he served as Athletic Director from 2003-2009 and Principal from 2003-2012. He was named Briarwood’s 7th Headmaster in 2012.
Mr. Parrish, who is a native of Lincolnton, Georgia, is a graduate of Wilkes Academy in Washington, Georgia. Mr. Parrish received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He then received his Masters degree in Education from Augusta State University and is certified in middle school mathematics.
As a high school coach, Mr. Parrish quickly established himself as one of the GISA’s top coaches. He coached the Briarwood 1999 AA State Championship men’s basketball team and the 2001, 2002, and 2010 AA state champion Lady Bucs track teams. He was named the Georgia Independent School Association Coach of the Year in 1999 and the GISA Women’s Track Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, and 2010. Coach Parrish was named The Augusta Chronicle Basketball Coach of the Year of 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2009 and has coached the Runnin’ Bucs and Lady Bucs to eight final four appearances. He was selected three times to coach in the GISA North/South All Star basketball game, coaching the North men’s squad in 1999 and the North women’s squad in 2003 and 2010. Mr. Parrish and his wife, Valerie, have two daughters, Mackenzie and Abigail, both who attend Briarwood. They reside in Evans.