When Northeast coach Londaryl Perry walked into the locker room about two weeks before his team was set to open the season, he told the team he wasn't sure he wanted to continue as their coach.
“I didn't see us coming together and their attitudes were a problem,” Perry said. “I told them, ‘You could find someone else, one of our assistant coaches could take it, because I'm on a different page than you. I know what I want us to accomplish but I don't know if you really want that.'”
It was about as rough of a start as could be imagined for a team that came one win away from a state title in 2012 and entered the 2012-13 season as the favorites in Class 2A.
Six months later, Perry celebrated with his team as the Vikings capped an undefeated season by winning the state championship.
Perry is The Oklahoman's Super 5 Coach of the Year.
Perry noticed problems with his team before practices even started, finally getting frustrated and banishing them from the weight room with two weeks to go before practice.
“I was highly upset with them,” Perry said. “I thought with the way we lost last year that they would come back with a different focus and they didn't.
“I told them I didn't want to see them until practice started but when we do start, I wanted them to be ready to go.”