He is one of seven inductees along with
Joseph “Skip” Arvilla and Peter Bruni (posthumously), Elizabeth Bonfanti, Terri Niles, Kelli Reardon and Mark Rowell.
This is the sixth Hall of Fame to come calling for Perrone; he’ll return to his alma mater, Hamden High School in Connecticut, to be inducted there at a ceremony at the Laurel View Country Club on Nov. 14. Perrone is also in the Massachusetts Football Coaches, State of Maine All Sports, Southern Connecticut Diamond Club, New Haven Legends and John Bapst (Maine) High School Halls of Fame. Three of these Halls are in Connecticut where he grew up and was an outstanding high school athlete, two in Maine where he excelled at UMaine and later began his coaching career, and a pair in Massachusetts.
“Salem State is one of the joys of my life, from the top administrators to all the workers, parents and players. It is one big family,” said Perrone. “This is the frosting on the cake. I figured I would probably go in some day, but was happily surprised it came this quickly.
“God has been good to me, and I have so much to be thankful for. I always say the biggest Hall of Fame are the kids who played for me. I love coaching and working with kids. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.