Rob Perry has joined the Beekman staff after spending the past three years at Crossett.

Beginning his second tour of duty in Morehouse Parish, Rob Perry was recently hired as Beekman's strength and conditioning coach and defensive coordinator.

Perry is in charge of training Beekman athletes in every sport.

"Beekman is the perfect fit for me," Perry said. "This is my first job since Bastrop that I have been in the weight room all day. Football's great, but my heart is in the weight room. This is what I like to do. I couldn't ask for anything better."

Perry went to work right away with the football team on preseason workouts.

"The sky is the limit here," Perry said. "The kids work hard. I don't know why, but they bought in from day one, and I'm glad they did.

"It's not just the boys that have been working hard. The girls softball and basketball teams, the dancers and the cheerleaders have all been working hard, too. I'm blessed to be here. I really am."

A new football stadium is currently under construction (the Tigers have played their home games 20 miles away at Delta Junior High in Mer Rouge since the program's inception). Future plans call for a new weight room.

"They promised me a new weight room in two years, but we have to get a new dressing room first," Perry said.

Beekman's current weight room is relatively new, though quickly becoming too small for the rapidly-growing school.

"We have enough to make it work," Perry said. "It's not like Lake Providence where I had to bring my stuff from home and the kids had to work out in the dressing room. (General Trass built a weight room shortly after Perry's departure)."

Perry played for the legendary coach Charlie Brown at Neville. He signed with Northeast Louisiana (now ULM) where he was a four-year starting linebacker for coach John David Crow. While at NLU, Perry trained under his two mentors — Al Miller, a strength and conditioning pioneer, and fellow Neville alumnus Barry Rubin. Miller has returned from Monroe after retiring from the NFL, while Rubin is strength and conditioning coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Both have been inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame.

"Al Miller was our strength coach while I was at NLU," Perry said. "I still talk to him every chance I get. He has to run me out of his house. Barry Rubin came to NLU a couple of years later when Al Miller went to Alabama with Bear Bryant. I was really blessed to have two great strength and conditioning coaches in college."

Upon graduating from college, Perry worked a wide range of jobs for the next 20 years from construction to owning a health club.

Deep down inside, he knew he was missing his calling.

"I did a little bit of everything, really," Perry said. "I always knew I should have been teaching and coaching. Both of my parents were teachers."

In 2003, Perry finally entered the coaching ranks, spending three years at Monticello (Ark.) High School.

"I began my coaching career at age 42," Perry laughed. "The good Lord knew to let me start at a later age."

Perry spent one season at Bastrop where he was part of the last of the Rams' three straight state championship teams in 2007. His career also includes stops at Lake Providence (now General Trass), five years at Hamburg and the past three years at Crossett. Perry was part of Bastrop alumnus Sonny's Nason's staffs at Lake Providence at Crossett.

"I've been in some really good weight rooms," Perry said. "Hamburg has a really good weight room and Crossett has a new weight room. Bastrop — it just doesn't get much better."

Perry has followed the program since Beekman began making the transition to a charter high school several years ago (the school previously housed grades k-8). Perry first met Beekman coach Wade McDonald while both were coaching in Arkansas.

"I've been eyeing Beekman for a long time. I knew coach (Max) Watters, coach (Kenny) Milligan and coach (Jason) Grissom," Perry said, referring to the school's former coaches. "I coached against coach Mc while he was at Lake Village. I've known him since I started coaching."

Perry resides in Hamburg with his wife, Kelli. His oldest son, Tommy Perry, is the running backs and special teams coach at the University of Nevada. Drew Perry lives in Monroe where is studying to become an oral surgeon, and Stevi Perry, the former Miss Teen USA, resides in Venice Beach, California.