BOURBON – The Triton athletic department announced the hiring of Derek Eveland as its new volleyball coach.
Eveland was approved by the school board on June 8, and comes with 25 years of coaching experience in stints at Knox, Oregon-Davis and Plymouth.
“Coach Eveland is going to be a great addition to our coaching staff,” said Triton athletic director Mason McIntyre. “Coach Eveland’s programs have always been successful and most importantly have won in the right way. I’m excited for coach Eveland to lead our program and I look for the program to continue in the right direction.”
Eveland replaces longtime head coach Gayle Perry. After retiring from teaching and coaching following the 2019-20 school year, Perry leaves the volleyball program after guiding the Blue Slam to a sectional title in 2019. Perry concluded her second stint as Triton head coach that had her coach the team from 1987 to 2007 then again from 2016 through the 2019 season. Perry guided the team to three sectional championships in her Triton coaching career.
“I can’t thank coach Perry enough for her years of service to the Triton athletic department,” McIntyre said. “Gayle was the definition of a Triton Trojan. She always had pride in her school, in her players, and in her program. She demanded and expected student-athletes to perform with excellence, both on and off the court. I consider myself lucky to have been able to work with a coach of Gayle’s caliber. I never had to worry about anything with the volleyball program while Gayle was at the helm. She was a tremendous asset to Triton High School for many years and she will be greatly missed.”