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Long-Time Coach Charles Perry to be Honored

Long-time Salem Central School District coach Charles Perry will be honored on Tuesday, January 31 at approximately 6:45 p.m. (in between the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball games) in the Jr./Sr. High School Gymnasium. A resolution of thanks and appreciation was adopted on June 15, 2022, by the Salem Central School District Board of Education at a regularly scheduled meeting. A plaque will be mounted in the gymnasium lobby in honor and recognition of Coach Charles Perry’s contributions.


Coach Perry served the district as a physical education teacher, athletic director, and coached numerous sports from August 1960 until June 1991. During his tenure, Coach Perry took a special interest in promoting all athletic opportunities for students in coaching numerous sports, including basketball, football, cross country and track and field.  


During his distinguished coaching career, he was part of multiple championship teams, including sectional championships in track and field in 1971-1973, and undefeated cross country teams for two years, beginning in 1965. 


Coach Perry is worthy of recognition for his contributions to the successful boys and girls varsity basketball programs through his coaching youth basketball at the elementary and modified levels for nearly fifty years. His passion for teaching the correct fundamentals at this level is something to be emulated by future coaches. 


In addition to serving the students of Salem, Coach Perry has served the Salem Community in distinguished fashion, including serving as one of the original Rotarians in 1967, assisting with the development of the Rotary Exchange Program; and one of the original founding members of the April Fools Race. Coach Perry continues to serve the community by teaching swimming, pingpong, and juggling at Lunch, Learn and Play; and continues to provide instruction to students in the discus event.   


Coach Perry has contributed countless hours to the community as a deacon at church, assisting with dinner planning for the fuel fund, and tutoring students in algebra in preparation for Regents exams.