ROSWELL, Ga. — After spending 11 years as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, first-year Centennial head coach Michael Perry said just being a coordinator was easy.
“The biggest challenge for me is having to worry not just about the offense, but the whole program and balancing the team,” Perry said. “But I’m learning and trying to get better at it every day.”
Perry was named the Knights’ new head coach in February, succeeding Lenny Gregory who stepped down to take over the Collins Hill program. Perry, a former offensive coordinator at Coffee County and Gainesville, is the sixth head coach for the program.
Perry spoke positively on his transition over the spring and summer months, which included getting to know his new program and its players.
And Perry’s new players are pleased under their new leadership, including standout receiver Blane Mason.
“I really like coach Perry,” Mason said. “He has shown he really cares about the team and we are really coming together like a family.”
The family aspect is paramount for Perry, who said he wants his players’ time at Centennial to be the best of their lives.
“The guys I played high school football with are still my best friends,” Perry said. “That’s what I want for Centennial. If I’ve done that, I’ve done my job.”
7-on-7 tournaments and organized team activities have provided the Knights with an opportunity to implement its new air-raid offensive scheme, which will run mostly no-huddle, Perry said.
The Knights will also run a fast-paced defense, consistently bringing pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The Knights will rely on their new schemes to power a team looking to claim its first outright region championship with a challenging Region 7-AAAAAA schedule. The Knights shared a region title with Cherokee in 2002.
“I know we have a great region and we are going to have to come to play every single day,” Perry said. “We want to win the region championship. And that’s what we are going to do.”