Former Lemoore football standout, Allen Perryman, returns to Sacramento State as the team's safeties coach

By The Leader Staff
Allen Perryman
Allen Perryman

Former Lemoore High School standout athlete and Sacramento State defensive back Allen Perryman is returning to his college alma mater, where he will serve as the team's safeties coach, it was announced this week by head coach Andy Thompson.

"It is great to bring Allen back to Sacramento State," Thompson said. "He was an exceptional student-athlete here and has added some great experience as a high school head coach. I think he will be a great addition to our secondary players and our team."

Perryman was a standout athlete at Lemoore High School, where he starred in football and basketball. During his high school career, in addition to excelling on the football field, the talented basketball player also led his basketball team to a Central Section Championship.

Perryman has served as the head coach at Hanford West High School for the past two seasons. After a 1-9 season in 2021, he led the Huskies to a berth in the Central Section Div. VI title game against Mendota HS. Perryman's team rallied late in the year, winning its final two regular season games to earn a spot in the playoffs before recording a 13-12 victory over Kern Valley HS in the first round and a 27-12 win over Avenal HS in the second round.

Before coaching at Hanford West HS, Perryman was an assistant coach at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif., during the 2020 season.

"This is a great opportunity, and I'm excited to get to work with the guys," Perryman said. "Coaching football is what I want to do with my life, and to have the chance to do it in Sacramento — which is like home to me — is amazing."

Former Lemoore football standout, Allen Perryman, returns to Sacramento State as the team's safeties coach
Perryman played at Sacramento State from 2016-19. He arrived as a wide receiver but moved to defensive back before starting his freshman season. That season, he played in 10 games, including one start at safety, and finished the year with ten tackles.

 He added 12 stops during an injury-shortened 2017 season but returned to play in 10 games, including four starts in 2018. That year, he had 30 tackles and intercepted a pass against North Dakota. Perryman also became the first Hornet to score a defensive two-point conversion since 1990 when he returned a blocked PAT against North Dakota.

As a senior, he started seven of the eight games in which he appeared. He set a career-high with 48 total tackles and was part of the team which earned the first Big Sky Conference championship and FCS Playoffs appearance in school history.

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