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Washington County High School football head coach Mark Perry is stepping down after seven seasons.
“I’m officially going to accept another position (Tuesday afternoon),” Perry said.
Washington County High School principal Paul Terrell confirmed that Perry planned to take a position at Central Hardin High School.
“We’ve been in discussions the last four weeks,” Terrell said. “He informed me officially (Tuesday morning) at about 8 o’clock.”
Terrell said that Perry was contacted by Central Hardin initially.
“It’s just an opportunity,” Terrell said. “I hate to see him leave.”
Terrell was the athletic director that hired Perry seven years ago.
Perry said he would recommend his defensive coordinator, Eric Sagrecy, as the next head coach at Washington County High School.
“I’m not making the decision, but if I were, I would strongly consider him,” Perry said. “The kids play hard for him. He’s got a bright, bright future. He could rally this bunch in a hurry.”
Terrell said he would probably post the position on Monday.
He said that he met with the team after Perry spoke with them on Tuesday morning. He told them that his priority is to get someone in the head coaching position that the players and himself were comfortable with.
Terrell added that with the success of the program, he’d like to keep the momentum going.
“I don’t want to say speed is of upmost importance, but we want someone in that position relatively soon,” he said.
Once the position is open and people apply, Terrell will work with the site base decision making council to make a hire.
“I will consult with the site base, but it is my decision with their consultation,” he said.
Perry leaves Washington County with a 36-40 record.
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