By Mike Pilosof
Garden City, KS-First-year Garden City women's basketball coach Omega Tandy finalized her coaching staff on Tuesday, naming long-time Oklahoma high school coach Londaryl Perry as her new assistant.
"I am thrilled to add a coach of Londaryl's caliber to our program," Tandy said. "He has over seven years of head coaching experience in Oklahoma."
Perry comes to Garden City from Oklahoma City, where he coached the Millwood girls, one of the most powerful programs in the Sooner state. Under his watch, the Falcons were 132-50 in three seasons, including a pair of regional championships. In 2017, Perry guided Millwood to an 18-11 finish and a trip to the state tournament.
"Londaryl's ability to relate to the specific intricacies of the two-year student-athlete experience will be monumental for our players," Tandy said.
Before landing at Millwood, Perry coached one season at Putnam City North in 2015. The year prior to that, he was at Northeast High School, where in 2013, the Vikings finished 30-0 and won the 2A state championship. He was named Little All City Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons while guiding the program to their most successful stretch in school history.
"We are surrounding ourselves with good basketball people," Tandy added.
Long before Perry was drawing up x's and o's, he was a star player at Putnam City West, leading his team in scoring, shot blocking, steals and assists. In 1993, he led the state in steals (104) while averaging 21 points per game. His school record-44-point performance his senior year earned him a spot in the Faith 7 All-Star Game. He was a two-time All-State selection and was named to the High School Hoops Magazine "Player to Watch" list as a senior.
"In addition to his successful tenure as a head coach, he had an impressive playing career," Tandy said. "I think that helps him relate to our players even more."
After high school, Perry spent two years at Seminole State before walking on at Central Oklahoma, leading the region in 3-point shooting in 1996. That same year, his team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation, averaging a mind-boggling 107 points per contest.
Perry's impact reaches far beyond the basketball floor. He did one tour of duty in Iraq and was also sent back as a civilian contractor. As a teenager, he helped raise his younger brothers, overcoming plenty of obstacles along the way.
In 2013, Perry was inducted into the Seminole State College Hall of Fame.