POTEAU—Poteau assistant baseball coach Andy Perdue was named the 2011 Region 6 Assistant Coach of the Year and was presented an award at the Winter Baseball Clinic Hall of Fame banquet Saturday.
Perdue also won the award in 2006. He was nominated by head coach Ronnie Sockey for the many long hours he spent at the new Pirate hitting facility along with the job he does to keep the high level of baseball for the Pirates.
He has been the assistant baseball coach to Sockey since 2003. During their nine years together, Poteau has won the county tournament five times in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Also, the Pirates have won the district championship eight times in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Poteau was regional runner up in 2003 and 2007, and regional champions and state qualifiers in 2006. The two coached an AA Legion team to a state championship in 2005.
Perdue started four years at outfielder and first base at Heavener where he was all county at first base in 1982 an 1983 and went to the state American Legion tournament in 1982, played two years at Carl Albert State College, a graduate assistant coach to Mark Pollard at CASC in 1988, head coach at Prosper, Texas in 1989
“I contribute my success in baseball and life to my father, Ralph Perdue Sr., who spent many long hours playing catch and spinning a baseball on a homemade ball on a string for me to hit,” said Perdue. “I don’t ever remember playing a game that my mom (Peggy) and father were not at until I got to college.
“I would also like to thank the many coaches who have influenced my life and love for the game of baseball. Danny Edwards, Bill Kinsey and David Wann at Heavener High School, Estell Harriell and Ollie Westfall along with David Grubbs, Kevin Vickers and Terry Club in midgets and preps, Barry henry, Bill Lynn, Johnny Ward, Jim Wann and Stan Coleman in American Legion and Mark Pollard at Carl Albert.”