Jim Perry owns a water-proofing business. His next goal is to patch any leaks in the Valley baseball program.
Perry on Monday night was hired as varsity baseball coach at Valley, replacing Bruce Campana, who coached the team for six seasons.
Campana re-interviewed for the position but was not retained.
Perry, 49, has been an assistant at Central Catholic — his alma mater — as well as Plum, North Catholic and Burrell. A Central Catholic grad, he played first base at Western Kentucky.
He'll assume his first head-coaching position.
“I have always had aspirations to run my own program,” Perry said. “With Valley being in such close proximity to my home, it seemed like a perfect fit.”
Perry said he already had been working with Burrell's players in an offseason conditioning program, but notified them Friday that he had applied at Valley and could be leaving.
He said he'll be able to apply what he learned at Burrell to his new position.
“There's a tradition of winning (at Burrell),” Perry said. “I want to bring that to Valley and turn the attitude around. I think we need to get the younger kids to believe in themselves.”
Perry worked under two of the A-K Valley's top coaches, Burrell's Mark Spohn and Plum's Carl Vollmer.
“He is very positive and a good motivator,” Spohn said of Perry. “He will do fine.”
Valley was 42-53 under Campana with one playoff appearance, in 2008.
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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