Perry Announces Retirement After 27 Seasons at Rudyard
After 27 years of coaching Rudyard’s volleyball program, Ellen Perry has announced her retirement.
Perry led the Bulldogs to the 1996 MHSAA Upper Peninsula A-B-C championship and Class A-B-C runner-up finishes in 1995 and 1997.
Perry, who will begin her 32nd year as a physical education teacher at Rudyard Elementary School in the fall, is stepping away from coaching to spend more time with her family.
“Cleaning out my office last week, you get hit with kind of a wave of emotions and memories,” Perry said. “I was thinking about one of the first teams I had surprised me with a baby shower and now that baby, my son, is expecting a child in about three weeks. And I think wow, I’ve been here a long time.”
Perry’s 2019 team made program history when it reached the MHSAA state semifinals for the first time. Rudyard would fall to eventual Division 4 state runner-up Leland in the semifinals in Battle Creek but finish the season at 35-5-3.
Twelve of Perry’s former players earned all-state honors and 16 went on to play volleyball or compete in another sport collegiately.
Former Lake Superior State volleyball player Amanda Reid is set to take over Rudyard’s program.