Perry said he is a firm believer in maximum participation in as many sports as possible. As a five-sport letterman in high school, Perry also was in the marching band, choir, National Honors Society and FFA. He said he wants the same, not only for his kids, but all of the kids in the school district.
Perry said academics are yet another critical phase in his plan.
“They’re going to get a culture shock here in academics,” he said of student athletes.
He added an athlete’s ability to perform well in the classroom is a vital part of their success both on and off the field. At Bastrop, he said he sent 31 student athletes to universities, including TCU, Colorado State, Texas and Mary Hardin-Baylor because they could make their grades and plays.
But the most immediate facet of Perry’s plan for success is an inundation of summer athletic camps to refine each and every Ram and Lady Ram.
“This summer, this community will be overflowing with camps,” he said. “Every high school coach has to offer camps for their sports. The open weight room days are over in Mineral Wells. We’re going to have a strength and conditioning camp four days a week. $50 gets you six weeks worth of workouts. That’s a big investment, athletically.”
Perry added that no camps for different sports will overlap, so no student will have to choose between two interests. The camps will also be affordable. Perry said he will offer one-day football camps for $5 and four-day camps, during which football players can receive eight hours of instruction and a T-shirt for only $10.
“My goal is to have your kids in camps all summer long for no more than $100,” Perry said to parents.
Superintendent Dr. Gail Haterius is ecstatic about the potential direction of Mineral Wells athletics with Perry at the helm.