River Mill Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach Hamilton Perkins is taking a hiatus from coaching the varsity team. River Mill has been a member of the NCHSAA since 2005, and the Lady Jaguar squad has qualified for the State Playoffs each year since 2006. In addition to consecutive Conference Championships, Perkins’ teams have won State Sectional Championships, and they have advanced to the State Regional Tournament four times since 2010. River Mill played for the 1-A State Championship in 2013.
Perkins said, “A death in my family, has left me with some time-sensitive obligations that still must be taken care of. Our Varsity girls are accustomed to working six days each week and I’m unable right now, to give them all of the time that they deserve. This year’s Varsity team however, will have three All-Conference players returning and six players returning overall. They’re talented, they’re hard working, and I know they’ll be just fine!”
Perkins is Dean of Student Behavior at River Mill, where he teaches Psychology and Sociology. Due to time constraints, he will coach the school’s middle school girls’ team this season.
Perkins commented, “The middle school team will only practice two days per week, and the season is a lot shorter. It’ll give me some time during the week to handle my family obligations, after the regular school day ends.”
Perkins’ overall Varsity coaching record is 443-105. His record at River Mill in 14 seasons was 357-59. He was also 86-46 in 5 seasons as Varsity Girls Coach at Bartlett Yancey. He was Triad 3-A Coach of the Year in 1998, and coached Bartlett Yancey to the State 3-A Eastern Regional Championship Game in 1999. Perkins was voted NCBCA All-District Coach of the Year in 2010, and Times-News All-Region Coach of the Year in 1998 and in 2009. He was also a Round Table Presenter and Speaker at the WBCA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2011.
He hopes to return to a Varsity coaching position next season.