One of the most consistent coaches in NJCAA baseball history, Perry Keith has amassed an unbelievable record of 1,322 wins and just 388 losses (.780) in 27 years as head coach at Connors State College. He currently ranks first in wins among active NJCAA baseball coaches and is believed to be the youngest collegiate baseball coach to reach 1,000 wins when he accomplished the feat at the age of 42.
Keith has guided the Cowboys to 13 Bi-State East Conference championships, six Region II titles, four NJCAA South Central District crowns and four appearances at the Division I JUCO World Series, their most recent being in 2008. The Cowboys have also finished second in Region II eleven times under Keith and have been ranked in the top 10 of the NJCAA Division I Baseball Poll every season since he took over the program in 1985.
For his efforts he has been awarded Bi-State Conference Coach of the Year 13 times, Region II Coach of the Year six times, and South Central District Coach of the Year on four occasions.
In May of 2008 Perry Keith was awarded the ultimate honor being inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, CO
Keith has coached 28 NJCAA All-Americans, 32 NJCAA Academic All-Americans and his program boasts a graduation percentage of 95 percent.
Keith has also had eleven former players make it to the Major Leagues. Current Major Leaguers are George Kottaras of the Milwaukee Brewers and Julio Lugo of the Atlanta Braves. Over 90 players have been drafted in the Major league draft under since Keith took over in 1985
Keith, a Pryor native played at Connors State in 1980-81 and moved on to Missouri State where he was a member of the Bears 1982 College World Series team. Keith graduated from Missouri State with a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing and received his Masters Degree from Northeastern State University.
Perry and wife Sheri live in Warner and have two children, Heather, Korey and one granddaughter Kaizlei.