Former girls’ basketball coach, Jim Peresta, was recently honored during the girls’ basketball team’s 2nd Annual Cardinals’ Legends night.
“One the goals I wanted to accomplish upon accepting the coaching position here in Millington was to not only become more familiar with our history but be able to recognize it,” head coach Christian Selich told Millington Athletics. “We do not have a deep history in terms of winning district or conference titles, but this program has a rich history of players and coaches. I have always believed that in order to have a program, you need to be able to talk openly about the history of the program with current players so they all feel they are a part of something bigger than just a team; part of a program.”
“Last year we honored Jolene Kanary, who was our first all-state basketball player and teammate of my assistant, Corey Trickey,” said Selich. “I thought it would be nice to honor Jolene’s coach this year, Coach Peresta.”
Peresta who coached for 12 seasons (1981-1991 & 1996) amassed 139 wins against 107 losses for a .565 winning percentage. In the 44 years of the program and through 10 head coaches, Peresta stands on top in terms of longevity and total wins.
The 1986 season was not only Peresta’s best season as a coach, but was arguably the programs best as well. The Cardinals finished with a program-best 18-3 record with an Associated Press of Michigan Top 10 ranking for Class B. Peresta was chosen as the Coach of the Year by the Tuscola County Advertiser. The 1991 team won the Thumb B League for his only conference championship.
Peresta was presented with a plaque and a commemorative t-shirt in a ceremony between the junior varsity and varsity games versus USA on February 14. “I want to thank a few people for making this night a possibility,” Selich told the crowd during the ceremony. “Jeff and Amy Yorke for donating money towards the t-shirts, Debbie Olmstead and Angelia Munson for providing snacks for the post-game reception, and the Millington Boosters for providing pop and water. I would also like to thank Anne Trickey and Kevin Gregory for taking pictures during the evening and to Anne for making a slideshow. Gail Verhines for the wonderful commemorative program that we have for tonight. Also this evenings coordinator Corey Trickey. This event would not have happened the last two years without her help.”
For a complete transcript of Selich’s speech please click the picture above.
“I would like to thank my former players’ for coming out tonight,” Peresta told the crowd. “I would also like to thank Coach Selich and Coach Trickey. I really like what they are doing for this program. Seems weird to say ‘Coach Trickey’ when she was a former player of mine. She was the best ball handler I have ever seen wear a girls’ uniform here in Millington. This is a very special evening for me and one I’ll never forget.”
Peresta, who was a long-time Millington High School educator, graduated from Michigan State University and Croswell-Lexington High School. He lives in Davison with his wife Orlene.