Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Athletic Hall of Fame

Cecil Perkins - 2005

Perkins helped pioneer the direction of the Bulldogs athletic programs for more than a quarter century. His unwavering commitment elevated SWOSU athletics and kept the Bulldogs competitive in the Lone Star Conference and now on the NCAA Division II level. Perkins continues to adhere to the philosophy of putting student-athlete first in any decision. He is behind hundreds of individual success stories and continues to positively impact a new generation of students, coaches and teams into the 21st century. Perkins quarterbacked the Bulldogs in the late 1950’s after graduating from Roosevelt High School. He coached at Northern Oklahoma College and Carnegie High School before moving on to Northwestern Oklahoma State in 1968.

At NWOSU he served as a football assistant, head baseball coach and athletic director for 13 years. He returned to his SWOSU in 1981 as athletic director and golf coach. In that time, Perkins has overseen 12 national championships won by SWOSU teams, (6) rodeo, (5) women’s basketball and (1) football. As golf coach, Perkins’ teams qualified for the men’s NAIA National Tournament six times while the women’s team did so three times.