Perry, who is a first-time head coach, wants to turn around the St. Joseph baseball team


Thursday, July 4, 2024 | 5:36 p.m.

After a 4-10 season this spring, the St. Joseph baseball team was looking for a new coach for the program. Athletic Director Sally Ackerman and her staff believe they have found their man in Jordan Perry.

The chance to get his foot in the door and make a name for himself was tempting for Perry, who is looking to build relationships with all of his players for the upcoming season.

“This is my first opportunity to really lead a team,” he said. “I'm really looking forward to building as many positive relationships with the student-athletes as possible.”

Those relationships will be crucial for Perry, as St. Joseph's baseball team has struggled over the past few seasons.

Ackerman said she was more than pleased to appoint Perry as the new coach.

“His passion and dedication to the sport make him an ideal addition to our program,” she said. “We are confident that under his guidance, our student-athletes will not only excel on the field, but will also grow personally through the values ​​and skills inherent in the game.”

Perry was hired on June 28 to replace former coach Chuck Vocke, who did not return.

Perry, 25, has been involved in baseball for a long time, both as a player at Burrell and as an assistant coach at various stations in the AK Valley.

He started at Penn State New Kensington in 2019 and then spent a year at Springdale, Burrell, Kiski Area and Hampton. He was an assistant coach at Springdale, JV coach at Burrell, middle school coach at Kiski Area and last season was the middle school coach at Hampton.

As a behavior specialist in the Burrell School District, Perry is familiar with the area and looks forward to helping build the program at St. Joseph.

St. Joseph will return to Class A play next season. The Spartans went 4-8 in the section last season, placing fifth in the seven-team Section 2.

Perry's ambitions to turn the program around start from the beginning, he said. Teaching players the fundamentals of the game is key to an overall successful program.

Ackerman said Perry's deep connection to baseball will be of tremendous importance to the team's program and future development.

“Coach Perry brings a deep-rooted passion for baseball that is a cornerstone of his life and his family,” she said. “We look forward to an exciting and successful season.”

Perry's main goal at St. Joseph's is to create a new identity for his team and players, a message that can be summed up with the key word “culture.”

“I really want to create a winning culture for this team,” he said, “and teach them life lessons through the game of baseball.”

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