Perry Thankful For Time Spent At Auburn

Auburn's Jimmy Perry is making the move back to the high school ranks as the new head coach at St. Paul's in Mobile.

Auburn, Ala.--A graduate of Auburn University, coach Jimmy Perry followed a successful coaching career on the high school level by coming back to his alma mater almost 10 years ago to join Tommy Tuberville's staff as the director of high school operations. Moving to the director of football operations five years ago, Perry has been instrumental in much of the behind the scenes work for the Auburn Tigers.

Now he's making the move back to the high school ranks after taking a job at St. Paul's Episcopal in Mobile. Deciding the time was right to get back into high school coaching, Perry says he'll forever be indebted to Auburn for his time on the Plains.

"For the last nine and half years it has been a dream come true to work at Auburn," Perry says. "Auburn was my alma mater. I was fortunate enough to come to Auburn when my children went to Auburn. Basically I've gotten to go to college with my two children, which is a dream come true for a coach because we're gone so much.

"The icing on the cake was I got to work with my son (Danny Perry) on the field for the last five years," he adds. "That was a blessing. They're gone and graduated now and I just want to be a head coach again and make a difference in a young person's life. When I was at Robert E. Lee I was able to do that. I was able to make a difference in my children's lives by being at Auburn the same time they were. Now it's time for me to move on and try to make a difference in other young people's lives."

Working with former coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff before helping to bridge the gap for Gene Chizik's staff by becoming an on the road recruiter before the staff was complete, Perry has seen the ins and outs of major college football. He says the opportunity to work with the coaches he's been with at Auburn have made him better in his profession.

"We are the sum of all of our experiences," Perry says. "I have been able to experience different coaching styles, different techniques of all the coaches that have come and gone from Auburn in the last nine and a half years. To be able to absorb those and pick out the ones that could help me has been like going to a coaching clinic every day. I'm excited about going to St. Paul's and sharing some of the things we did at Lee and some of the things we did at Auburn."

Perry served as head football coach and Athletic Director at Lee from 1995-2000 before moving to Auburn. He says he's excited about getting back into the high school ranks at St. Paul's and the timing was just right for the move.

"I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to get back being a head coach," Perry says. "The Headmaster Marty Lester and the Athletic Director Gerry Strang were nice enough to offer me a job at St. Paul's. It seems like a wonderful fit. I can't wait to get down there.

"God's timing is always right," he adds. "Whether we think it is or not. He just laid in on my heart to do this. It's just right. It's kind of like picking out a wife, you know when you pick the right one. This job is the right one."

While Perry may be physically moving on from Auburn, he says the time he spent working with the Tigers is something he'll never forget and he'll take it with him forever.

"I am one of the few fortunate coaches in the business to be able to coach at the two places he went to school, both in high school and in college," Perry said. "For me it was just a blessing. I can't tell you how much Auburn means to me and what it's done for my children and family. I am forever indebted to Auburn University. I'm an Auburn man, always have been and always will be."

Perry will work the rest of the week in Auburn before heading to Mobile to start his new job on Monday.

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