Les Parsons started his coaching career at Lakeland where he coached the women's volleyball team from 1988 - to 1996. He also coached the Cross Country Running team and worked with the Cross country ski team for a number of those years. The teams that Les coached did not win a number of ACAC banners but he developed a number of student athletes at Lakeland College. Many of those student athletes have gone on to coach their sports after leaving Lakeland. Les Parsons focused on the fundamentals of each sport ensuring that the student athletes who compete are dedicated and passionate about the sport. While Les was coaching at Lakeland College he also volunteered in the Vermilion community to coach local athletes like Olympic Champion Beckie Scott and biathlete Morwenna Lane.
One of Les's past student athletes put it the best when he said "Les doesn't generate medals he generates leaders. Medals are forgotten next year leaders are remembered forever."