Five years ago, the D1 Nation's Alaska Chapter was born. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron Hoffman (whose son, Calvin earned a D1 scholarship to Liberty), Coach Buddy Bailey and Coach Krehg Perez.
The players had immediate success on the court with several of them going on to play college basketball. Life happens and all three of the catalysts for the program's inception had moved on to other projects. Then a couple of weeks ago, I get a pleasant surprise in the way of Coach Perez giving me a call and expressing his interest in being the Director for the Alaska D1 Nation. I was ecstatic because it's all about leadership and I couldn't ask for a more decent and qualified man to lead the charge than Coach Perez.
Talk about great timing though as Coach Perez was selected to Coach in last week's McDonald's All American Game in Atlanta, where he helped the West squad to a victory. Along with being a great guy we've got a celebrity coach in our midst in the Alaska D1 Nation!
I'm looking forward to my next trip to Anchorage in the very near future. Alaska has many hungry athletes and myself and Coach Perez plan on implementing a multi sports platform to assist Alaska's aspiring athletes to develop and connect with future college opportunities.
Welcome, Coach Perez.
Coach Perez has an extensive resume as a coach and an administrator. He holds his Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Health Sciences and his Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix.
Coach is currently the Head basketball Coach at Houston High School in Houston, Alaska. In addition to coaching at other high schools around the state, he also had stints as a college assistant at Texas A&M-International and Alaska-Anchorage.
Together with Coach Perez the D1 Nation is looking forward to serving the Alaska community with camps, tournaments, articles, rankings and a host of other services. Stay tuned for future announcements which wiill be coming soon.