Dale Perry will have to clear a little bit more room in his overflowing trophy case after collecting another prestigious award on Tuesday.
The long time soccer coach and volunteer has been recognized by Sask Sport with the Coach Dedication Award for his over 35 years of service to the game of soccer.
“Like most awards, they’re not why you’re in it. It’s always nice to be recognized for something you’ve done, but it’s certainly not the impetus for being involved in anything. It’s just kind of the icing on the cake,” said Perry.
Perry was recognized for his countless contributions to the game of soccer in Swift Current and Saskatchewan over the past four decades.
“It never felt like 35 years. It just went by so quickly,” he admitted.
Perry has lost count of his provincial championships won with the Swift Current United Soccer Club, but the number is likely over 30 since initially taking a girls soccer team to provincials in 1991. He has been known to coach multiple indoor and outdoor teams each season and has coached both the Swift Current Comprehensive High School Colts and Ardens, including the past 16 seasons with the Ardens, who are the 11-time defending Moose Jaw High School Soccer League champions.
Sask Sport will be releasing a series of videos online to recognize all of the award winners and Perry’s will be released on Friday morning.
Read the April 1 edition of the Southwest Booster for the complete story.