WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Mike Perez has been at Lynn University for 30 years and has accomplished some incredible feats as the head coach of the Fighting Knights tennis programs, including seven national championships, nearly 1,100 career victories and has coached 186 All-Americans. However, being inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame might be his most treasured.
"Besides my personal life, my daughter and my family this is right up there," said Perez. "To be frank, this is something I have dreamt about. Of course, national championships and seeing student-athletes become All-Americans, but this is a tremendous honor."
In 2002, Perez was named Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Coach of the Year. He is a 13-time Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year.
"If you could pick and choose a hall of fame, I would pick this one because Palm Beach County is my home. The opportunity to go in and represent all the people at Lynn University is a great culmination. I now understand why people say making the hall of fame is humbling," Perez said.
The induction ceremony is March 22 and inductees include the likes of current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett and former Major League Baseball player Jarrod Saltalamacchia. For more information, visit palmbeachsports.com.
About the Fighting Knights
Lynn University's national champion Fighting Knights compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball. The university's 19 intercollegiate teams are home to nearly 300 student-athletes. Lynn is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution and winner of 25 national championships and 42 Sunshine State Conference titles. Representing spirit, service and strength, the Fighting Knights strive for greatness through athletic performance and academic excellence. For more information, visit: lynnfightingknights.com.