Some seven months after assuming the offensive coordinator role at Mt. Juliet High School, former Golden Bear head coach Roger Perry is again taking a step back.
Perry, who underwent a major heart procedure back in April of 2013, officially stepped aside as head coach at Mt. Juliet in June with plans to take on a non-coaching, administrative role as “director of football operations”.
His son Trey Perry took over the head coaching reins with his dad slated to handle administrative duties such as budgets, scheduling, purchasing, eligibility and other paperwork duties associated with running a 6A program.
All that changed in early July when MJ offensive coordinator Hunter Hicks left to take a job closer to his home -- leaving Mt. Juliet without a play-caller just weeks before seven on seven scrimmages.
“I was willing to do whatever was needed to keep this program going in the right direction,” Perry said, “but now we’re at a position where Trey will have the opportunity to rework his staff so that I can concentrate on the other things.”
The elder Perry was quick to say he would be happy to step in for a day or two working a position in the event a staff member had to be away from the practice field.
“I’ve done this for 36 years, certainly I’d be willing to step in and help at a moment’s notice,” he said.
Perry said his health is, “better than its been in 20 years. I feel great, I’m eating right and getting exercise.”
Perry officially compiled a record of 266-93 in 30-plus years as a head football coach at Westmoreland, Portland and Mt. Juliet. His Mt. Juliet teams went 25-3 over his last two seasons -- 2011 and 2012 -- a head coach.
Perry will remain on the faculty at Mt. Juliet High School.