Allen "Buddy" Perry was inducted into the Trigg County High School Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday night.
Buddy Perry was a long-time coach and athletic director at Trigg County High for over two decades.
Perry came to Trigg County from Dyersburg, Tennessee and was an assistant football coach on Trigg County’s back-to-back Class 1A state championship teams in 1971 and 1972, helping coach the offensive and defensive lines.
Perry is credited with helping coach and mentor All-State lineman David Sadler, who later went on to play football for Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama.
He also coached the Trigg County baseball team.
Perry served as head wrestling coach for two seasons and was an assistant track and field coach in the mid-1970s, helping fill coaching voids where the school needed him.
Perry was the Trigg County High School golf coach from 1979-93 and had several state qualifiers, including girls’ region champion Jaime Towler.
Coach Perry also served two terms as athletic director from 1984-89 and from 1991-94. He did this while teaching a full schedule during the day and working out of an office in the back of his classroom no bigger than a closet. He said during his time as AD he pushed for grade checks of the student-athletes.
“Academics were just as important as athletics to me,” he said.
Following his retirement, Coach Perry stayed involved in Trigg County athletics by running the clock for Trigg County basketball games for over a decade.
“I hope somewhere I helped some of these young kids become better citizens and influenced them in the right way. Winning is important, but character is more important,” Perry said.