(June 13, 2018) The Nantucket High School varsity football team’s search for a new head coach is over.

Assistant coach and JV head coach Joe Perry will take the helm for the Whalers following the retirement of Brian Ryder, who stepped down after four years leading the Whalers, according to a statement released by the Nantucket High School Athletic Department Wednesday evening.

Perry comes in very familiar with the system and players, having spent the last four years as an assistant coach.

“For the last four years coach Perry has developed a strong bond of trust and respect with both our student-athletes and all members of the coaching staff,” athletic director Chris Maury said in the statement. “Perry comes on board as the program head with a full vote of support from the existing coaching staff and his returning players.”

Perry, a native of Nantucket, graduated from Nantucket High School in 1982 and was the football team captain and Mayflower League MVP during his senior season. He and his wife Stacey have four children: Shane (NHS '05), Codie (NHS ‘12), Dylan (NHS’ 13) and Morgan (NHS ‘15).

The Whalers were 34-10 overall in the four years Ryder was head coach.

 

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