Husband, father, volunteer, and coach Bryan Perkins has a servant’s heart coupled with Superman’s energy.
Perkins and his wife, Kimberlee, married for 18 years, have three children – Preston, 11, Lilian, 9, and Teague, 5. Michigan natives, the Perkins family moved to Findlay 9 years ago and have been active participants in the community ever since. Kim is a local OB-GYN and Bryan is a stay at home parent who has immersed himself in volunteer work and investing in his kids.
The decision to stay at home
“I didn’t grow up with a stay at home parent,” says Bryan “but my wife did and it was important to her that a parent was at home with our children.” Having recently graduated from medical school, Kim, was just beginning a residency program in obstetrics when their eldest son Preston was born. Bryan had more flexibility in his career and it made sense for him to stay at home with their son. Perkins left his position as a tradesman when Preston was 3 weeks old and has never looked back.
Admittedly, being a stay at home parent did not come naturally. Perkins said he had to adjust his expectations about caring for young children, learning to be patient to accomplish the task.
Bryan has been a coach for roughly 20 years. If it involves a ball (and even if it doesn’t) he has coached the sport, everything from wrestling to baseball. Having a background in kinesiology, coupled with a love of being active, Bryan has combined his hobbies and spending time with his kids while mentoring others.
Perkins is currently the cross-country coach at St. Michael’s School and Parish. The cross-country team is open to parishioners and St. Michael’s students from kindergarten through 8th grade and children of all abilities are welcome. “I had great coaches growing up, and I believe if you have a skill or ability, you should share that with others.” And that’s just what he’s doing.
Bryan says that he sees the kids who participate in cross-country grow in confidence. Added bonuses are the life skills of self discipline and working together as a team that participating in a sport teaches. He is encouraged to see older students frequently cheering on the younger students. Working with the team members and seeing them achieve their personal goals has been very rewarding for Bryan.
Aside from coaching, Bryan also serves St. Michael’s School in a variety of volunteer positions. He is the Booster Club president, does lunchroom duty, loads kids into their parent’s cars after school, works in his children’s classrooms, and is a Boy Scout den leader. His motto, “If a volunteer is needed, and you can help, you should.” Most recently Bryan has been helping to build sets for the Arts Partnership after his daughter participated in their production of Winnie the Pooh.
Ultimately Bryan Perkins has devoted himself to his family, with the goal of building a strong and lasting relationship, “I want to invest in my kids so that they want to be around me when they are older.” Now he can’t imagine not spending his days with his family, “I was never passionate about my job until I stayed at home with my kids.”