The San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week award presented by the California National Guard for week five goes to Eric Perry from Pioneer High School in San Jose, Ca.
Coach Eric Perry led the Pioneer High Mustangs in a big win over Terra Nova High School during their final pre-season game, creating a high energy as they enter the season. Coach Perry describes all three aspects of the game as being 'on point.' Defense, offense, and special teams remained strong through and through to solidify the 40-29 victory.
The preparation in the offseason was an absolute key component to the upcoming preseason and future league success. Building themselves up from their tough preseason schedule, the Mustangs displayed true grit as they closed the first half with a 21-7 lead.
"The boys kept pushing until the very last minute of that first half," explains Perry, "A beautifully executed screen play allowed us to score one more right before the half, and just ran with it from there."
The Mustangs kept the momentum going as they entered the 2nd half ready and immediately putting the score far enough away to get hold onto the win. Junior Wide Receiver Louis Coulome had displayed an outstanding performance both on offense and defense with a total of 3 touchdowns, 5 tackles, and a pass deflection that supported his team to victory. Senior Quarterback Zach Silva also revealed how skillful the Mustang passing performance could be with an impressive 210yards, and also connecting with Coulome and senior Robert Barragan for a team passing total of 5 touchdowns.
Pumped and prepped to get between the gridlines, Coach Perry intentionally packed the Mustang preseason schedule with high caliber teams, making certain his team is well-equipped for the season and ultimately prepared for the CCS Championship. Although the 2014 CCS title is ideal, Coach Perry ultimate goal is to create strong characters among his young men with the help of football.
"We're here to create strong citizens," describes Perry, "I would trade any win to make sure my guys walk across the stage and the end of their senior year."
Appreciative of his incredible coaching staff, Coach Perry believes that the combination of his experienced staff and hardworking student-athletes are the reasons for being named Coach of the Week in the 2014 season.
For being named Coach of the Week, Pioneer High School will receive $1,000 grant from the 49ers Foundation. Coach Perry will also be featured on Cal-Hi sports and receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field. In the weeks leading up to the on-field recognition, Perry will also be invited to visit the 49ers training facility in Santa Clara to watch a private practice and receive a certificate from 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh.
Congratulations Coach Perry and the entire Mustangs team!