ROSWELL, Ga. — Centennial head football coach Michael Perry announced his resignation Dec. 6 after leading the Knights for two seasons. According to Centennial athletic director Jeff Burch, Perry will take over the East Hall program.
Perry led the Knights to a 15-8 overall record in two seasons, including two playoff berths and the program’s first playoff win in 15 years. Perry has the highest winning percentage (65 percent) of the Knights’ six head coaches.
Burch said Perry’s resignation was a surprise, and the former head coach, who lives in Hall County, took the East Hall job to be closer to his family.
“We were looking to find an individual that treats the position as a destination and not a stop,” Burch said. “We thought we had that, but it’s unfortunate [Perry] made the decision he did to be with his family, but I don’t begrudge him for that decision. It was just too short [of a tenure], that’s the biggest thing.”
Perry took over the Knights program in 2017 and led Centennial to an 8-4 overall record. The Knights finished second in the Region 7-AAAAAA standings and beat Lanier in the first round of the playoffs to end a 15-year playoff win drought.
Centennial went 7-4 this season with another region runner-up finish and playoff berth in a year in which the Knights were plagued with injuries.
Burch said the process to replace Perry is already underway, and his intentions are to find a long-term coach. Perry replaced Lenny Gregory in 2017 who stepped away from the program after two seasons to take over the Collins Hill program.
“There’s definitely a lot of interest around the job,” Burch said. “We have experienced coaches and coordinators looking to make the jump. I’m going to sit down with our booster club president and our principal to set up a rubric for what we’re looking for out from a coaching, teaching and community perspective.”
The Knights have compiled three straight winning seasons for the second time in program history, and Burch said Centennial’s future is bright for the program with a new head coach next season.
“We’ve had some of the best records we’ve ever had in recent years and they have been strung in a row,” Burch said. “As a result in terms of what our goals were, we underachieved this year, but we still had a very successful season and we are in a prime position to continue that success. And nothing against coach Gregory or Perry, but every time we have gone through this process we have improved.”
Burch said the head coach position is officially open.
“I’m looking forward to hearing from our candidates and taking the next steps for the success of Centennial football,” he said.