“We’re so proud to have him on,” she said. “But I can tell you the thing that really impressed the interview committee is that he cares about kids and cares about developing kids that have great character and leading a program with integrity. That’s what we want. His goals aligned perfectly with ours.”
Perry has already launched a campaign to build the community support that he said the program desperately needs. He plans to canvas the town with Ram bumper stickers, flags and other red and white paraphernalia to promote school spirit and, by extension, city pride.
Perry has also taken to the Twitter world, like so many big-name coaches around the nation, under the handle “@Rams_CoachPerry.” Just two weeks ago, he outlined the football team’s 2014 goals in less than 140 characters:
“FOOTBALL GOALS: WIN FIRST GAME. WIN FIRST DISTRICT GAME. PLAYOFFS. WIN DISTRICT. PRACTICE THANKSGIVING DAY. WIN STATE, 100% PASSING RATE.”
With such ambitious plans and a community that is “All In,” perhaps Perry will be just what Mineral Wells has been searching for and make the Rams more closely resemble a phoenix with a meteoric ascension to prominence.