Editor's note: Leading into the season, Mike Carraggi will be taking a look into different storylines for Division 1 teams. Today is Andover's transition to its third coach in three years, lifelong Andover resident E.J. Perry.
E.J. Perry is considered the Golden Warriors' “new” football coach. But there is nothing new when it comes to the rookie coach and Andover athletics.
Whether it was on the hardwood, the gridiron, or the track, Perry was busy earning accolades and making headlines at Andover High until his 1983 graduation. So when the job became available after last season, Perry jumped on it.
“Just to have the opportunity to coach here is unbelievable,” said Perry, whose four brothers and two sisters also were involved in Andover athletics. “I've lived here for 46 years -- all my life -- and I understand what the town wants.”
Perry may still be wet behind the ears when it comes to being the man on the sideline, but he may be the most accomplished coach in Division 1. He was the basketball and assistant football coach at Catholic Conference-resident Malden Catholic from 1991-1995, but found the most success up north.
As the boys' volleyball coach at Salem (N.H), Perry set state records in wins (112) and state championships (six), never losing a game in his six seasons. He also found time to take home two basketball championships.
“We're very excited about having E.J. on staff,” said Andover AD Chris Bergeron. “He's definitely a qualified varsity coach and we are expecting him to translate that success down to Andover this year.”
Coaching is in Perry's blood. His father was a longtime track and football coach at Chelmsford and his father-in-law is skipper Jim Curtin, who has led Burlington baseball for over half a century. Princeton fans may know his brother and offensive coordinator James, while another Perry brother (John) is the coach at Merrimack.
Even with all the credentials, Perry possesses some anxiety for the season opener against rival North Andover.
“When I get out there on the first Friday, it'll be one of the top days of my life,” said Perry. “There is nothing like Friday Night Football, and leading a team like the Andover Warriors will be exciting.”
For more on Andover, check out our footballl capsules running Sept., 9.
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Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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