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Faculty Focus: Scott Perrin

By Julia Lytle
Published: December 2009

Athletic Director Scott Perrin, in his seventh year at the school, has won over students with his personality and fits in seamlessly.

Perrin grew up in Newton as an only child, and he attended South. Perrin was a successful student-athlete during his high school career. He excelled in both football and lacrosse for four years. He also tried wrestling but quit due to a concussion injury.

As a former Lion, Perrin has a unique understanding of what South students are going through.

“I want to tell them all to slow down, take a couple breaths, and realize that everything isn’t as serious as they make it out to be, he said.

Perrin attended Curry College, where he majored in Psychology and double-minored in Religion and Politics. Immediately after college, Perrin began with a career in the business world. He spent ten years selling technology, the first eight at one company that sold conferencing equipment.

“I gave tons of seminars and talks, Perrin said.

Once Perrin realized that he was capable of holding people’s attention, he decided it was time for a lifestyle change.

“I was looking for something more challenging, but with a less-demanding schedule, Perrin said.

Perrin decided to begin a new career in education, with influence from family members who are in the profession, and the obvious place to teach was at South.

“I wanted to come back, he said.

He spent four years teaching Special Education before replacing Ron Lanham as athletic director.

Since taking over the position of athletic director, Perrin has had a great impact on the athletic program, which has received much recognition recently.

In early July of this year, Sports Illustrated named South’s athletic program the top in the state on its online list.

Perrin thinks that it is very exciting for South to be given such a great honor.

“It was a deserved reward and justification for work well done, he said. “But it says nothing about this school year, so we have to keep working as hard as we have in the past.

“Mr. Perrin is a great athletic director, senior Alex O’Hagan, a member of the Varsity Basketball and Volleyball teams, said. “He is always there to support South at any big event, and he is tight with all the athletes.

Perrin spends a majority of his spare time with his three sons Andrew, Jared, and Jeffrey.  “My wife and I love to spend as much time as we can outside with our kids, he said.  Most of the time, he and his wife are shuffling the three boys back and forth to their various activities.

“I also love to cook, fish, read, and relax, but that is hard to do with three young boys, each with his own chaotic schedule, he said.

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