MOBILE, Alabama — Former Alabama and NFL head coach Ray Perkins has removed his name from the running for the head coaching job at McGill-Toolen Catholic in Mobile, the school’s president said Wednesday morning on a local radio show.
Father Bry Shields said on WNSP’s morning show Wednesday that Perkins had withdrawn his candidacy for the position, which came open when former coach Mike Dean resigned. Shields also confirmed Perkins’ decision in an e-mail to the Press-Register.
“While we do not have a deadline for hiring a new coach,” Shields wrote in the e-mail, “spring is here and we need to have someone in place as soon as possible. At the same time, we want to make sure we find the right man, who can motivate and coach our players, and lead the program. We would like to hire someone who has proven his ability to coach successfully at the 6A level.”
The 69-year-old Perkins, who played at Alabama from 1964-66, has lived in his hometown of Petal, Miss., since retiring from a 20-year coaching career. He was 32-15-1 at Alabama after succeeding Paul “Bear” Bryant and was 42-75 as an NFL coach with the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Perkins was also a finalist for the head coaching vacancy at Gulf Shores, but the south Baldwin County school hired Ben Blackmon from Greenville. Perkins has never served as a head coach on the high school level.