Perry Announces New Head Boys Basketball Coach
Perry Superintendent Dr. John Richard will be recommending Paul J. Wackerly as Perry High School’s new Head Boys Basketball Coach at the April 27th Board of Education Meeting. Paul comes to Perry from North Canton Hoover. He is a 1977 St. Thomas Aquinas High School graduate.
Wackerly’s coaching career began in 1981 as the 7th and 8th grade girls coach at Our Lady of Peace. From there, he moved to St. Thomas Aquinas as the Women’s JV Coach from 1987 to 1989 and then Varsity Coach from 1990 to 1996, claiming the District Championship title in 1993 and 1994. Upon leaving St. Thomas in 1997, Paul began his long term coaching career at North Canton Hoover as the Women’s Varsity Basketball Coach.
During his 12 year tenure at North Canton, his numerous achievements include:
· 252 wins and 75 losses
· Tournament Record 46 wins and 18 losses
· 2002 State Champions
· 2003, 2006, 2007 Elite Eight
· 2004 Sweet Sixteen
· 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 District Champions
· 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 Federal League Champions
· 2002 All Ohio AP Coach of the Year
· 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 Federal League Coach of the Year
· 2000, 2006, 2007 District IV Coach of the Year
· 2000, 2002, 2006 AP Northeast Inland District Coach of the Year
· 2000, 2002, 2003 Repository Coach of the Year
· 2000, 2002 Stark County Coaches Association Coach of the Year
A committee unanimously made the decision over a two-week period of screening candidates, and then conducting interviews. The committee was comprised of Superintendent John Richard, Board member Jon Deitz, High School Principal Don Gregoire, current Athletic Director Frank Gamble, and incoming Athletic Director Todd Sutton, as well as three area residents.
Superintendent, Dr. John Richard states that “As a committee, we set certain parameters, and Paul absolutely rose to the top of the list as we proceeded through the interview process. His positive enthusiasm, knowledge of the game, exhaustive contacts within the basketball world, outstanding references, and proven track record of putting together a comprehensive program were all important factors. We believe, as a committee, that this is absolutely the best decision for our student athletes.”