James Perry Introduced as Brown Head Coach
James Perry '00 was introduced as Brown's 20thhead football coach Tuesday afternoon, December 4, at an overflow press conference at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes introduced Perry, saying, "James has had great coaching experiences, including three stops at Ivy League schools in addition to other stops along the way that have complemented his experiences. When you look at his coaching experience, his playing experience, his understanding of Brown, and all his successes along the way, he possessed everything that we were looking for. It's great to have the Perry family back at Brown."
Perry talked about coming back to Brown: "I could not be more excited and honored to coach these group of guys at Brown, to go out to recruit the next group of players for Brown, and to have an opportunity to hit that field running. The connections to Brown run deep. I met my wife on this very campus in 1998. We both worked here, Abby in admissions and myself as an assistant football coach. Our son, Sammy, was christened in Manning Chapel. It's an amazing place. It truly runs deep, and it's in our blood."
Perry on what to expect on the playing field: "We have a great moment here. It's time to look forward. I often look at football as a cyclical game. You have the winter, the spring, the summer, and then you have your compete phase. The moment we are in is conditioning. That is the moment that I love the most. Football today is played fast, and the only way to play fast is to run. As we look forward, we are going to get running. Winter workouts are going to be upon us in a second. I could not be more excited and honored to coach these group of guys at Brown, to go out to recruit the next group of players for Brown, and to have an opportunity to hit that field running."
Perry, the head coach at Bryant for the last two years, was named the Ivy League Player of the Year after guiding Brown to the 1999 Ivy League Championship while setting 10 Ivy passing records. He went on to earn three more Ivy titles as an assistant coach, one as quarterbacks coach at Brown in 2008, and two as offensive coordinator at Princeton in 2013 and 2016.