By CLINT FOSTER
It was music to the ears of Ram Nation.
“I’m not here on a five-year plan, I’m here to win now,” Mineral Wells’ new athletics director and head football coach Gerald Perry proclaimed. “We’ve got some programs winning right now, but that’s not good enough. We’re going to win across the board. We’re going to have higher expectations.”
A crowd of student athletes, parents, administrators and others from the Mineral Wells community enthusiastically received their new leader of athletics as they packed into the Mineral Wells High School cafeteria Monday afternoon for a meet-and-greet with the coach in his first official public appearance.
Joined by his wife, Michelle, and children – 3-year-old Tenley, 12-year-old multi-sport athlete Talynn and 15-year-old quarterback Tristan – Perry shook hands and delivered his plan to catapult Mineral Wells to new levels of athletic prosperity.
“I’m not a football coach, I’m an athletic coach,” Perry said. “All of our sports will be treated equally. It’s very critical that we share athletes. We’re recruiting and we’ve got a bunch of kids coming back to the family. We’re going to preach family.
“It’s very important that we all buy in. Our motto right now is ‘All In.’ We’re all invested in all of our sports.”
Despite Perry’s protestations, he is more than qualified to be considered a football coach. With 21 years of coaching experience, he has spent time at Plano East, Burleson, Lake Worth, Lorena, Bastrop and most-recently Waco Midway, enjoying success at each stop.
He also has a track record of turning around losing squads. When he went to Lake Worth in 1996, he took a program that had not been to the playoffs in 15 years and won quickly, recording some of the best years in Bullfrogs’ football history.