New Baseball Head Coach Announced
A new head coach is at the helm for the Perry High School Maroons baseball program. Bret Bouher was recently hired and approved by the Perry Board of Education at the May 8 meeting. 
He will replace Coach Bryan Hayes, who stepped in to coach the Maroons last year. Bouher will also be an assistant football coach and high school science teacher. 
Bouher is a Grove High School graduate who played baseball at Oklahoma State University from 1986-87 and then was a graduate assistant for the Cowboys. While at OSU, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in sports business administration, a master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation, and a teaching certification. He later added a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.   
He is no stranger to Perry. His father, Butch Bouher, was a coach at Perry High School in the early 1970’s and Bret attended Perry Elementary School at that time. 
He has three decades of head coaching experience. He comes to Perry from coaching baseball and football at Checotah High School. Prior to that, Bouher spent time at class 5A school Tahlequah (two years), 4A Wagoner (five years), 2A Colbert (two years), 3A Lexington (two years), 6A Bixby (nine years) and 5A Grove (10 years). During his career, he’s been named ‘Coach of the Year’ by multiple Oklahoma baseball coaching associations and has served as an All-State baseball coach.
A meet and greet was held on Wednesday, May 17 for baseball players, parents and community members where athletic director Mike Carmin introduced Coach Bouher and encouraged everyone to take time to visit with him. During his remarks to the attendees, Coach Bouher commented, “I have always liked Perry. I even told my wife years ago as we were driving by the Perry exit on I-35 that I’d like to apply there if the baseball job opens up someday.” He added, “My mother is excited to be moving back ‘home’ with us.” 
He and his wife, Heather, have two children; one son is attending Oklahoma State University and their younger son will enroll at Perry High School as a junior.