Perry Liles Named New Wildcats Head Coach

perry_smallBy JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun County School Board made it official Monday night, approving Perry Liles as the new head coach of the Calhoun City Wildcats. Liles served as an assistant last year on the Wildcats’ staff under Mike Ray, who resigned to accept the principal position at the high school.


By JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun County School Board made it official Monday night, approving Perry Liles as the new head coach of the Calhoun City Wildcats. Liles served as an assistant last year on the Wildcats’ staff under Mike Ray, who resigned to accept the principal position at the high school.

Liles, a Calhoun City High School graduate, played football with Ray in high school.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Liles said. “Coach Ray left a great system in place and a winning tradition that we want to continue.”
Liles played for Coach Darrell Logan in junior high and Mike Justice in high school.
“Coach Logan was one of the reasons I got into coaching,” Liles said. “Both of them (Logan and Justice) really inspired me.  They are very different people, but I really liked both of them.”
perry_liles36Liles was a member of a national championship team at Northwest before walking on at Delta State as an offensive lineman for one season. He completed his education at Mississippi State earning a bachelors and masters. He served as a graduate assistant strength coach for the Bulldogs while in school.
His first coaching job was at Crystal Springs. After two years there, he went to Aberdeen for a five year stint, the last two as head coach of the Bulldogs.
He left Aberdeen to join Coach Justice at Madison Central.
“That was a great experience,” Liles said. “We had five former head coaches on staff. We went 24-2 my two years there.”
Liles then got out of coaching briefly before re-turning closer to home as head coach at Coffeeville. He led the Pirates into the playoffs and won two state powerlifting championships there in his four years.
He then moved to Charleston where he was head coach for six years. He lost only three home games in his six years at Charleston and led them to North Half in 2004 and the state championship game in 2005.
“I came back to Calhoun City last year simply because I wanted to be closer to my kids (Lindsey, Steele and Perry Beth),” Liles said. “I didn’t come here to coach or certainly not to be the head coach. It was all about family. Things just fell together.”
“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Liles said. “I’ve been in coaching for 20 years, 12 as a head coach. This is what I believe I was meant to do.”
Liles said he’s particularly excited about the current Wildcat team and coaching staff.
“We have a lot of good players here,” Liles said. “I really enjoy this coaching staff. Last year was one of the better teams I’ve ever been around in terms of everyone getting along, coaches and players.”
Liles said he will take over the defensive coordinator duties this year, and Travis England will continue as offensive coordinator. Josh Hegwood will continue to direct special teams. Rob Fox will also join the staff coaching defensive backs and wide receivers.
“This is a great place to coach,” Liles said. “The town really supports this team. I feel extremely fortunate to be here.”

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