Top honors and awards are nothing new for Clinton High School’s Johnathan Perkins.
His hard work and dedication has paid off, guiding his Lady Arrows track and field teams to six straight MHSAA State Championships—five as head coach, one as an assistant in 2013— while sending numerous runners on to compete in multiple levels of collegiate track and field.
He also serves as head coach for the Clinton Arrows Boys team. His Arrows Track and Field team won the MHSAA Boys State Championship in 2017.
Perkins has created what some call a dynasty in the world of girls track and field, but he says his accomplishments come from a simple and transient philosophy—it’s not the destination that matters but the work taken to get there.
His mantra: Trust the Process.
When Perkins was named as one of eight finalists for the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year for Girl’s Track & Field, his nomination was not just warranted—it was earned.
Eight coaches from around the country will be recognized during the NHSACA National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet in Bismarck, N.D. on June 26, 2019.
Based out of Fargo, N.D., The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation. The NHSACA has recognized a coach of the year since 1978.