Saint James football coach Jimmy Perry is retiring

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Saint James Football Coach Jimmy Perry/Source: Saint James School

After a 44-year career, Jimmy Perry, Saint James School’s Head Football Coach, is retiring.

Perry, the most successful coach in school history, spearheaded the school and won its first ever soccer state championship in December 2022.

“I’ve loved every minute that I’ve spent helping young people and helping them discover their strengths and talents, and this past year has been the icing on the cake,” said Perry. “Judy and I are blessed to spend our lives and especially the last 10 years working with an incredible company
Team of coaches, students and administrators who love one another and understand that football provides a wonderful foundation for a life dedicated to working together and serving others. We are so grateful for the many families, coaches, players and colleagues who have touched our lives and made this such a rewarding journey.”

Perry began his coaching career in 1979 after graduating from Auburn University. He coached at Robert E. Lee High School from 1982 to 2000, serving as head coach for the last five years and leading the team to a berth in the 1999 AHSAA Class 6A State Championship Game.

In 2000, Perry accepted a position on the Auburn University football team, where he remained until Tommy Tuberville’s departure in 2008. Perry then resumed high school coaching for three years as head coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile before becoming head football coach at Saint James School in 2012. Perry is also currently the school’s dean for middle and high school students high school.

In 2021, Perry became the most successful coach in Saint James School history, finishing the 2022 season with an overall record of 92-37. In the past seven years, the Trojan football team has won almost 80 percent of its games, won four regional titles and made the playoffs nine years in a row
series and won the 2022 3A AHSAA State Championship. As head coach for 19 seasons, he achieved an overall record of 157-69.

In 2022, Perry was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Perry currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Football Coaches Association and the AHSAA District 3 Legislative Council. In addition, he has previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation and as the 2021 Patient Chair for the Alabama Kidney
Foundation, endowment.

Headmaster Dr. Larry McLemore said the school will start looking for its new head football coach immediately.

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