Tony Perkins is the son of Larry and Carolyn Perkins and was raised in Rock Island, Illinois where he received various baseball and football honors at Rock Island Public High School. After High School, Coach Perkins spent a year at Dickinson State College in North Dakota, where he played both football and baseball. After the year in North Dakota, Coach Perkins transferred to Northeast Missouri State University where he played on the baseball team for 3 years and spent 1 year as a graduate assistant coach. He graduated from Northeast in 1984 with his BSE in physical education. Coach Perkins earned his masters in educational administration from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 1996. After graduation, Coach Perkins took his first job at Brashear High School in Brashear, MO. At Brashear the baseball teams went 44-24 in 3 years under his guidance.
Following his Brashear experience, Coach Perkins accepted a job in the Francis Howell School District where he coached the freshmen team for 2 years at Francis Howell North. From Francis Howell North, Coach Perkins accepted the varsity assistant job at Francis Howell High School. While an assistant under Coach Terry Kasper, the Vikings earned 3 conference championships and 2 trips to the final four, where they finished 2nd in 1991 and 3rd in 1993. During the 1994-95 school year Coach Perkins was named the head coach of the Francis Howell Vikings.
During his current 23 year reign Coach Perkins' teams have garnered 17 conference titles, 11 district titles, 10 sectional championships, 8 quarterfinals championships, a 4th place finish in 1999, a 2nd place finish in state in 1997, a 2nd place finish in 2008, 2nd place in state 2014, and State Championships in 2003, 2011, 2013, and 2016. Coach Perkins overall head coaching record is 530-262-1. He has sent approximately 149 players to the college ranks. He has coached 12 All Americans, 30 first team all staters and 22 first team all metro players. Coach P has had 8 players drafted into the MLB in his career so far. 2018 saw the first Major Leaguers appear in the Big Leagues, Brett Graves with the Florida Marlins and Nate Orf for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1997 Coach Perkins was voted the St. Louis Metropolitan coach of the year by a panel of his peers. He was also selected the coach of the year in 1997 by the St. Louis Major League Scouting Bureau. During the 1999, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2016 seasons Coach Perkins was voted coach of the year in the Gateway Athletic Conference by his fellow conference coaches. Coach was selected by the BCA as the Midwest Region Coach of the year in 2011 and 2013. This region covers 7 states. Coach Perkins along with his assistants, Terry Oetting, Mike Janes, Justin Schmidt, and Rick Regina, have had the pleasure of coaching in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association all star series over the years. He spoke at the MHSBCA clinic in 1999 on Howells Evauluation process and also in 2003 on Promoting your Player and your Program. Coach also spoke in 2012 and 2014 at the MHSBCA, 2014 on Summer Choices and the Recruiting process. Coach also spoke at the National High School Baseball Coaches Clinic held in Chicago in 2008 on Practice Organization. He was elected and served as the President elect of the MHSBCA from 2000-2001, and served as President from 2001-2003. Tony Perkins was inducted into the MHSBCA Hall of Fame in January of 2002. Coach Perkins was an associate scout for the Colorado Rockies from 1999-2001. In 2003 and 2011 he was named the Missouri Class 4 Coach of the Year and in 2013 and 2016 was the Class 5 Coach of the year. In 2013 Coach Perkins was voted as the first Class 5 Coach of the year. He was also inducted into the St. Charles County Amateur Hall of Fame in 2013. 2012 he was named the ABCA/Diamond Sports Company High School Division 5 Regional Coach of the year. In 2015 Coach Perkins was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame. Coach P was selected as the baseball coach of the year for 2015 by the Greater St. Louis Umpires Association
Coach Perkins is currently the 2nd Vice President for the National Baseball Coaches Association. He has served on the baseball advisory board for the Missouri State High School Activities Association. In 2016 Coach was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, Big School National Coach of the year by the ABCA, the NFHS Midwest section coach of the year than encompasses 5 states, MSHSAA Coach of the year, NFHS State Coach of the year, and Class 5 Coach of the Year for the MHSBCA. In 2017 he was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame. He is currently a scout for the Atlanta Braves.
Coach Perkins is married to the very understanding and supportive, Tracey Perkins, they have 4 boys, Zac (23), Nic (22), and twins Justin (20) and Ryan (20).
Ryan Raterman is the son of Terry and Cathy Raterman and is the oldest of 3 siblings. He has 2 younger sisters, Briana, and Melanie. He grew up in Warenton Misouri, where he played Football, Basketball, and Baseball all 4 years at Warrenton High School. He was All State in Football and Baseball his senior year.
Coach Ratermans first 2 years he played JUCO ball at St. Charles Community Colle/Lewis Clark-Community College. He then transferred to Fontbonne University. In 2009 at Fontbonne his team won the SLIAC Conference Tournament. At these school he played Left Field and First Base.
He has been coching High School football and or baseball since 2009. These schools include, Wright City (Football/Baseball), Warrenton (Football), Montgomery County (Football), and Christian Brothers College (Baseball).
This past summer Coach Raterman helped run 3 hitting camps at the University of Missouri. This coming October Ryan will be marred for 2 years to his amazing wife Caroline.
DARIN CISSELL ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Darin Cissell is a graduate of Francis Howell. He was quite the player at Howell. He played some football as well. He graduated in 1993 and he and Coach Thorpe were both 3 years starters and helped the team to the final four in 1991 and 1993. Coach continued his playing career at Merramec JUCO and from there attended SLU. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants. He spent a couple of years in their system before finally hanging up the cleats after 12 different surgeries. He has helped the program in some capacity for over 20 years. He also had stints at Francis Howell North and Francis Howell Central.
Darin is married to Amy and they have 2 children, Ruby and Ty. He also runs and is very active in the FCA program at the school. He has also started the Sports Enhancement class at the school and has been a huge hit. Coach Cissell is also a member of the Francis Howell Baseball Hall of Fame.
KYLE REID SOPHMORE COACH
Coach Reid comes to Francis Howell after a 31 year teaching and coaching career at stops at University of Missouri, Lindenwood University, Farmington High School (MO), and the last 24 years at Rockwood Summit High School. Has lived in the Howell community for the last 23 years. He spent 27 years coaching football. 1987-90 at the University of Missouri as a football graduate assistant. 1990-93 as the Head Coach at Farmington. 1994 as an assistant football coach at Lindenwood. 1994-2010 as the defensive coordinator at Rockwood Summit. 2011-12 as an assistant football coach at Marquette High School. In his football coaching career, he had the pleasure to coach 2 NFL players.
His baseball coaching career spanned from 1994-2007 as as assistant Varsity and Head Coach at Rockwood Summit. 2015 he returned to coaching baseball as the head coach at Barat Academy.
He graduated from Hazelwood Central High School in 1983 and was an all-state FB player at QB. All Conference baseball player at SS. He played in 4 state championship games at Central. 2 in football (2nd place both years), 2 in baseball (state champs in 1980 and 81). After graduation he attended Southwest Baptist University and was a 3 year starter at QB in football, attaining honorable mention All-American in 1986. He was a 4 year starter in baseball at 2B, attaining All-MIAA conference 1st team in 1987.
Coach Reid lives in O'Fallon MO and been married to his wife Renee for 26 years. He has a son Tanner who is 23 who is a sales manager for ABC Contracting and a daughter (Howell class of 2016). Brenna is a sophomore at the University of Missouri.
It is an extreme honor to be a part of the Howell community and one of the best baseball programs in the state of Missouri. He looks forward to working the JV program and the kids.
CLARK CRANSTON ASSISTANT SOPHOMORE COACH
Coach Cranston graduated from Marquette High School in 2005 and was a 3 year varsity starter and played JV as a freshmen. After High School he played at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas 2005-2007.
He graduated from professional umpires school in February 2011. This is his 10th year umpiring for the GSLAU. Coach in entering his 5th year coaching summer ball (3 with the Surge, 1 with the Redbirds, and 1 with the Selects).
Clark has been married for almost 2 years to his beautiful wife Jennifer. They are expecting their firs baby in June 2018.
JUSTIN SCHMIDT HEAD FRESHMEN COACH
Justin Schmidt returned to the Francis Howell coaching staff in 2013. He was a player in the program and graduated from Francis Howell in 2003. Coach was a volunteer coach in the program after graduating college for awhile and then accepted the sophomore job at Francis Howell Central before returning home in 2013. His first year as the varsity assistant he helped lead the Vikings to a State Championship and was selected as the 2013 Assistant Coach of the year by the BCA for the Midwest Region.
ROSS COOK ASSISTANT FRESHMEN COACH
Ross Cook came to coaching at Francis Howell in the fall of 2012, volunteering as an assistant coach for the Freshman Girls Softball team. Over the years since 2012, he has spent three years as an assistant and two years as the head coach for the FHHS Softball team. Last year, Coach Cook joined the Freshman Baseball team as a volunteer assistant coach alongside Coach Justin Schmidt. His experience in coaching has been with youth programs over the years coaching teams that have included and not included his son. He enjoys the managerial roles that he has been asked to perform and assisting athletes to become better players and most important better people.
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