Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

July 12, 2012

Former THS athlete named national Coach of the Year

A third-place finish at the NJCAA Track and Field Championships landed two Coffeyville Community College coaches some national recognition.

Craig Perry, a Tahlequah alum, was named the Men's Head Coach of the Year while his assistant, Robert Wood, was deemed the Men's Assistant Coach of the Year.

The awards were voted on by coaches at the junior college ranks.

"It's an incredible honor to have coaches notice what you're doing," said Perry, whose been the head coach at Coffeyville Community College since 2007. "I wouldn't want it any other way."

The Coffeyville Community College men's track team was led in 2012 by Tom Kalisky, who won a national title and set a school record in javelin. The sophomore thrower won the event by more than five feet with a throw of 214 feet, 7 inches.

In another throwing event, Coffeyville thrower, Justin Victor, won the national title in the men's hammer toss.

Both Victor and Kalisky were named NJCAA All-Americans.

"It's all about the team," Perry said when asked what the coaching honor means to him. "Without the athletes working hard every day, there are no awards for the coaches. They make me look good, for sure."

Perry, a distance runner at Tahlequah who graduated in 2002, recently signed Tahlequah runner, Ben Grant, who excelled in the 800-meter run for the Tigers in 2012.

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