Perri becomes the 13th head coach of an LIU program that will enter its 77th season in 2012-13.
“I am truly thrilled to be named the next head men’s basketball coach at LIU Brooklyn,” Perri said. “I cannot put into words just how strongly I feel about this university and how proud I am to lead this team of talented student-athletes.”
Perri, 36, has spent seven seasons on the LIU staff, including the last five as associate head coach. He was promoted to that position in August 2007 and has played a vital role in recruiting, scouting and developing players on LIU’s back-to-back Northeast Conference champion rosters.
“We are very fortunate to have someone on staff with such tremendous experience and success throughout his career,” director of athletics John Suarez said. “I have complete faith that Jack will continue to bring the Blackbirds to new heights.”
Since joining the Blackbirds, Perri has helped the team steadily move up the ladder in the NEC, culminating in a pair of tournament and regular-season championships in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Before joining Ferry’s staff at LIU, Perri served as the head men’s basketball coach at Division III Rhode Island College in 2004-05. In his lone season at Rhode Island College, Perri took the Anchormen to the final of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament after posting a 20-9 record.
Under Perri’s direction, Rhode Island College captured the program’s first Little East Conference co-regular season championship and he was named the league’s coach of the year in his first season at the helm.
Following his graduation from Bentley College, the Manalapan, N.J., native moved to the sidelines as the top assistant coach at his alma mater. During his time on the staff with the Falcons, he helped the team return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight seasons in 2002.
A 1998 graduate of Bentley, Perri was a two-year captain and helped the Falcons post four winning seasons while playing in 99 career games. He was recruited to Bentley by Ferry, whom he subsequently replaced as assistant coach upon his graduation.
Perri and his wife, Julie, currently reside in Brooklyn with their sons, Sean Patrick and Jackson Richard.