In 16 years as an assistant coach – 14 at La Quinta and the last two seasons under Leland Eudy at Victor Valley – Eric Perry had always had his eye on being a head coach. With Eudy’s retirement last season, Perry finally got his wish. And so far, it’s as fun as he thought it would be.
“We are having a great time out here,” Perry said. “There are definitely more demands when it comes to off-the-field stuff like parents and especially fundraising, but it’s great to build a program and work with these kids and see where we can take this thing.”
Eudy’s last two years at Victor Valley saw the Jackrabbits make considerable process. Victor Valley had a 20-game winless streak coming into the 2008 season but mustered a 3-6-1 record in 2008 and a 7-3 record a year ago. The next step in Perry’s mind is a playoff berth, something he thinks is possible despite having a relatively inexperienced team.