Londaryl Perry felt it was time for a fresh start after three years at Northeast.
The girls basketball coach was officially named the new coach at Putnam North on Monday, bringing him to the same school as his children.
“I honestly missed most of my son’s basketball career because I’m always at a different school, so at least I’ll be able to there with him his senior year,” Perry said.
His son Drake is on the Panthers’ basketball team, while his daughter Dru will be a freshman this year. She plays basketball and swims.
Londaryl Perry spent the past three seasons at Northeast, leading them to the state tournament twice and winning the Class 2A title in 2013 behind an undefeated season. He was named The Oklahoman’s Super Five Coach of the Year following that season.
Last season, the Vikings fell one game shy of returning to the tournament.
Perry said it was tough leaving the team he had grown close with and mentored.
“To be honest with you, it was very hard because of the relationships and stuff I have with these kids at Northeast,” he said. “It was truly tough, but I just felt that with the moves that were made within the building that it was just time for me to start fresh with something new even though my goal is to be there and help those kids.”
Putnam North made the Class 6A state tournament last season for the first time since 2010, but graduated three starters and coach Brett McGee resigned to pursue other opportunities.
Even with the loss of the starters, Perry said he is ready for the challenge.
“I’m used to taking what I have and trying to make it work,” he said. “I just hope that I’m able to carry that attitude over to this school as far as trying to position ourselves to dominate.”