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March 26, 2014

Success and goals to go

Mineral Wells’ new athletics director, head football coach stresses academics and ‘all in’ philosophy

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As athletics director and head football coach at Bastrop, Perry turned a 1-9 football team into a district championship squad in just his second year and beat Austin Westlake for the first time in school history.

With his last position being co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach at perennial 5A power Waco Midway, Perry has an offensive background. He told the Index he plans to implement a multiple spread offensive package in Mineral Wells that will combine four-wideout, empty backfield sets with some single-back, triple-back and even double tight formations.

His goal is to get as many players the ball as possible to keep defenses guessing. He also plans to call most of the plays.

On defense, the Rams will shift to a 3-4 pro-style front to maximize Mineral Wells’ speed and bring constant pressure with various blitzes.

Perry said he held a workout with current football players before the meet-and-greet and changes were already evident. He said player intensity was up as they blasted rap music and focused on improving quickness and toughness.

But Perry said he is striving to elevate all of Mineral Wells’ teams to a championship caliber, not just football. Part of this plan is an athletic period, during which all athletes from every sport will work out together, three days a week, excluding game days.

“We’re going to be more physically fit, mentally strong and finish games across the board,” he said. “In basketball, for example, We’re not losing four games by two points anymore.

“We’re here to get our hands on every athlete in this community and make them as fundamentally sound as possible, so that when we start competing, we’re competing at a high level. We’re behind, but we’re not going to be behind very long.”

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