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James Perry, the all-time leading passer in Ivy League history, will begin his third season as the offensive coordinator at Princeton in 2012 and continues to bring his style of fast and physical football to Old Nassau.
“We are so excited to have James Perry as the
offensive coordinator at Princeton,” head coach Bob Surace said on Perry's hiring. “He is not only one
of the elite players ever in our league, but he has distinguished
himself well as a coach. We went through a tremendous number of quality
candidates, but James stood out as somebody with the passion and values
I was looking for. I am thrilled to have James on our staff and look
forward to working with him.”
In his first four weeks of the 2010 season, prior to a season-ending injury to two-year starting quarterback Tommy Wornham, Princeton had the top-ranked wide receiver in the FCS (Trey Peacock) and the 12th-ranked player in total offense (Wornham). Last season, Princeton posted the top-ranked rushing offense in the Ivy League, and Perry saw freshman quarterback Quinn Epperly earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in his first collegiate start at Dartmouth.
Perry has a pair of young quarterbacks in both Epperly and sophomore Connor Michelsen who could lead the Tiger offense for the 2012 season.
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.
“I am hugely excited to be part of the
Princeton football program,” Perry said. “I was fortunate to be
contacted by Coach Surace. By the end of our conversation, I knew he
had the passion to lead the program to great heights. I am excited to
be a part of his staff.”
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. In addition,
Dougherty’s 5,914 career yards in total offense rank 14th in the Ivy
record book, while his 38 career TD passes are 13th in Ivy history. He
also finished 17th in the Ivy record book in completion percentage
(.583), completing 487 of 835 career passes.
graduated in 2009, Perry helped Kyle Newhall to a first-team All-Ivy
season of his own. Newhall completed 259 of 413 passes for 2,709 yards
and 18 touchdowns to lead the Ivy League, and he ranked second in the
nation in completions (25.9 per game), 10th in total offense (281.4
yards per game) and 12th nationally in passing yards (270.9 yards per
In his three years at Brown, Perry’s offense scored 33,
31 and 34 points against Princeton, respectively, and won all three
As an undergraduate at Brown, Perry led the Bears to the
Ivy League championship in 1999, and holds 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.