HARWICH ─ Brandon Perry has a message to his Monomoy players, football fans, and families: he's not going anywhere except onto the sidelines of the field with his team.
“I'd love to be here for the next 10 or 20 years,” Perry said. “One of my main goals was to become a head coach. Now that I've gotten that I'm really looking to stick it out, to build on it, and to build the program, and to build the relationships with the younger kids, the juniors and beyond that.”
Perry said he's acutely aware of the many changes with regards to coaches that Monomoy's football players have endured and wants them to know he's planning on sticking around. To demonstrate that, even though official practices don't start until near the end of the month, Perry has already become a fixture at voluntary conditioning workouts.
“I'm trying to build relationships with them as fast as possible,” he said. “It's about helping them either get to the next level or go to college, to achieve any goal, that's what I'm here for, to really help them and be a leader for them.”
That means putting his focus not only on the athletes up and coming, but also those who will play in their final season this fall.
“I know I only have one year with the senior class, but I'm trying to let them know they are my main focus right now because I do only have that one year with them,” Perry said.
Perry comes to Monomoy after eight years in coaching jobs with Upper Cape Tech, Bishop Stang, and Sturgis where he served as assistant football and basketball coach, and most recently head track coach for the Storm.
“Over the last three or four years I've been trying to become a head coach,” he said adding that he'd look each year for open positions.
While coaching at Sturgis, Perry had the chance to visit Monomoy on several occasions for meets. He was impressed with the Monomoy Athletic Complex and the turf field.
“As soon as I saw the job posted, I became extremely excited and looked to apply,” he said.
He is grateful to his past coaches and teammates for his new job.
“I think without all the other coaches and players I've been with over the years I wouldn't even be here,” he said. “I'd like to thank all of them for even giving me this opportunity. Without them this wouldn't be possible.”
Though basketball was his first love, football, he said, is king.
“I have loved football since I was a little kid,” he said. “I love the life lessons that it teaches. When you become a coach that's really what you're looking to share, the life lessons you learned from your coaches.”
For Perry that means hard work, dedication, teamwork, getting knocked down and getting back up, and never quitting.
“You could go on and on and it all transfers into life,” he said. “There's a quote from Joe Namath: 'Football convinced me that life is a team sport.' I really love that quote, and I feel like it's true. You have this bond of 40-50 people, and then your family, and then your team at work after you graduate. I think all these life lessons really pay off beyond football, beyond high school.”
Perry said he brings to the job 'extreme energy and passion' as well as a deep desire to see his student athletes succeed on, and especially off the field. He's big on conditioning, and even bigger on getting good grades, noting that he plans to keep a close eye on his players, with reminders that they're students first.
That said, he's also about having fun playing the sport you love.
“I like to have fun out there with the kids,” he said. “I'm not really the iron fist type of coach. I'm more of the 'let's have fun. You'll get to love me and then you'll do what I ask because you love me.”
A graduate of Old Rochester Regional and Bridgewater State, Perry is a personal trainer by day in the Mattpoissett area where he's from. He's excited for the 2017 season to start. Knowing that the 2016 squad holds the record for winningest team so far, he's looking to better it this year.
“I'm looking to build on that,” he said. “They have all the experience from last year, so we're really looking to use that experience this year and be successful. I'd love to take that record from Spanky.”
Meanwhile, he's happily getting settled in along the sidelines, where he hopes to be a fixture for some time.
“It's a dream job,” he said. “Great facility, great kids. I don't see myself leaving anytime soon.”