Evolving Athletics at Perkiomen
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Ben Vanelli

In this engaging article by senior editor Ben Vanelli ‘21, readers learn about new additions to the athletic program. They also hear about baseball coach Ken Baker’s 500th win and plans for the future. 

Perkiomen’s athletics have been growing in strength exponentially, at least since I started attending in the fall of 2017. I’ve seen the basketball program go from a humble hunt for talent to a pool filled to the brim with exciting players, a consistently top-ranked baseball program continue to succeed, a softball championship appearance, football games become highlights of the fall term, the lacrosse teams get more exciting in different ways as seniors come and go, and girls’ and boys’ soccer squads remain as some of the better ones in the school’s sports league. Even now, athletics are continuing to evolve in different ways. 

A huge highlight of the athletic commotion has been head coach Thomas Baudinet’s promotion to Director of Basketball Operations. “This new role allows for a full-time focus on athletics, where Baudinet will manage both the boys’ and girls’ programs, add an additional squad, and concentrate on recruitment and retention of student-athletes,” reads an Instagram caption from Perkiomen’s sports news account (@perkathletics). Coach B, as he’s endearingly called by his players, has an impressive record of 89-36 (a staggering 46-4 at home) during his tenure as head coach since 2016. Assistant coach Donte Gittens has moved into the boys’ varsity head coach role. 

Among all the basketball news, Perkiomen’s immortal baseball coach Ken Baker succeeded in his effort for his 500th (not a typo) win as leader of the club on March 27, defeating Quakertown by a final score of 11-7. After 37 years and 25 straight league championships, the feat is entirely well deserved. By 2022, Baker plans to shift his primary focus from Athletic Director to baseball coach.

Enter: Mike Kruger. Mr. Kruger, a Fairfield University alum and former Division One lacrosse goalie, is joining Perkiomen’s athletic department next school year as Associate Athletic Director and Director of Lacrosse Operations. His resumé definitely supports the decision: 13 years of experience coaching at the D1, D3, and high school levels. “Our goal is to build a nationally competitive lacrosse program at Perkiomen, with equal emphasis on both the boys’ and girls’ programs,” Kruger has said, mentioning off-season training and challenging his athletes academically. 

The athletics department is evolving in many different ways, and Perkiomen is becoming a powerhouse in its sports leagues. Whatever the future holds for sports, we can sum up its potential in one word: exciting. 

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