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James Perry, one of the greatest quarterbacks in Ivy League history, just coordinated the greatest statistical offensive season in the history of the league, and it helped Princeton go from fifth in the league preseason poll to the 2013 Ivy League championship.
Perry's offense, branded "Fast and Physical" since he arrived on campus before the 2010 season, broke the Ivy League records for both scoring offense (43.7 points per game) and total offense (511.6 yards per game). After scoring 50 points only four times in a span of 469 games entering the 2013 schedule, the Tigers did so five times during their eight wins, including victories over historic rivals Harvard and Yale. That clinched a second straight bonfire at Princeton, a tradition saved for a "Big Three" title.
The offense ended the year ranked second nationally in scoring offense, sixth in turnover margin and eighth in total offense. Princeton scored more points in just the second and third quarters (249) than its opponents did all of last season (246).
His junior quarterback, Quinn Epperly, was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the Top Offensive Player in FCS football. He tied the Princeton single-season record for passing touchdowns (25), and he fell one score short of matching the program record for rushing touchdowns (he ended with 18).
Epperly made national headlines when he broke the NCAA record for consecutive completions; he hit his first 29 passes in a 53-20 win over Cornell. He also broke the school single-game record for completions (37) and touchdown passes (six) in the 51-48 triple-overtime win at Harvard.
Nine offensive players earned All-Ivy League honors, including three wide receivers, one running back, two offensive linemen and one tight end. His offense gained national attention for utilizing three quarterbacks in several formations.
During the 2012 season, Perry coached an offense that used two sophomore quarterbacks and guided it to the No. 2 spot in the Ivy League scoring offense rankings, despite not having a single first-team All-Ivy League offensive player. In arguably its most impressive quarter in decades, Princeton scored 29 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally past undefeated Harvard for a 39-34 victory; that helped Princeton to a Big Three sweep and its first bonfire since 2006.
Perry, a former Ivy League Player of the Year and quarterback for the 1999 Brown Ivy League championship squad, came to Princeton after spending three years as a highly successful offensive assistant coach at his alma mater. Perry coached the quarterbacks and was recently named the recruiting coordinator at Brown.
In three years with the Bears coaching staff, Perry helped the Bears win an Ivy League title while guiding quarterback Michael Dougherty into one of the top quarterbacks in the Ivy League football history. Dougherty wrapped up his Brown career with 487 career completions, eighth best in Ivy football history, and 5,763 career passing yards, 11th best in the Ivy record book.
As an undergraduate at Brown, Perry led the Bears to the Ivy League championship in 1999, and held virtually every school and Ivy League passing record, including passing yards in a season (3,255) and career (9,294), completions in a season (309) and career (789), touchdown passes in a game (6) and career (74), and total offense in a career (9,236). He threw for over 400 yards in a game six times during his career.
He was a Walter Payton Award Finalist as a senior and won the Bulger Lowe Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in New England. A three-time first team All-Ivy selection, Perry was also named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year Award recipient. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior in 1999 when he threw for 3,255 yards and 27 touchdowns and led the school to its second league title in school history. Following his college career, he spent the 2001 season in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.
A 2000 graduate of Brown with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Perry went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education Policy & Leadership from the University of Maryland in 2006.
Perry comes to Brown from the University of Delaware, where he coached the running backs for the 2006 season. The Blue Hens offense flourished with Perry’s assistance, ranking in the top five in the conference and among the NCAA I-AA leaders in passing offense, total offense, and scoring offense.
As a graduate assistant with the offense in 2004 and 2005 at the University of Maryland, Perry worked two seasons under head coach Ralph Friedgen. While at Maryland, his duties included breaking down opponent game film, working with the defensive scout team, and assisting with the Terrapin offensive line.
A native of Andover, Massachusetts, Perry began his coaching career as assistant quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Dartmouth in 2001. He served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division III power Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., from 2002-03, and served as offensive coordinator there in 2004 before moving on to Maryland later that same season.
He and his wife, Abby, have two sons, Samuel and Nathaniel.