John Perry, who starred as a player at New Hampshire before joining the coaching ranks at six New England schools, including the last five seasons as head coach at Merrimack College, was named Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at the University of Delaware on Feb. 8, 2013.
Perry comes to Delaware after serving as head coach at NCAA II Merrimack the past five seasons where he led the squad to record of 29-21 and the 2009 Northeast-10 title. During his tenure, Merrimack produced five All-Americans and two conference players of the year.
The team ranked No. 2 in the nation in total offense in 2012 at 525.8 yards per game and also finished in the Top 10 nationally in that category in 2009 (4th), 2010 (9th), and 2011 (7th).
“We are excited to have John on board,” said University of Delaware head coach Dave Brock. “He is a familiar name in the conference as a player and a coach and this is an exciting opportunity to bring him to Delaware. John has a reputation for innovative and explosive offenses and we are excited to have him bring his creativity to the University of Delaware. I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to build a relationship with John at every place I’ve coached.”
“I am excited for the chance to work at the University of Delaware and be part of one of the premier programs in the nation,” said Perry. “I have great respect for the program and its great history and I’m excited to work with Coach Brock. Going back to my time as a player at UNH, it was always a phenomenal experience to come to Delaware Stadium, see the packed house and the great atmosphere, and see what big-time football was all about.”
A 1992 communications and history graduate of New Hampshire, Perry enjoyed a standout career as a football and basketball player for the Wildcats. He was a four-year starter in football, served as team captain as a senior, and was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection while setting several receiving records.
He began his coaching career as running backs coach at Northeastern in 1993 and later served as receivers coach at Brown (1994-96), receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at New Hampshire (1997-98), offensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1999-2004), associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at Georgetown (2005), and associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at New Hampshire (2007). He coached numerous All-Americans and NFL signees along the way, including Santos.
“John is someone that I grew up with and have known for 35 years,” said Penn State football head coach Bill O’Brien. “He is an outstanding person with a wonderful family. John is an innovative offensive coach and most importantly, a winner. He will be a great addition to Coach Brock’s staff at the University of Delaware.”
Perry and his wife, Jen, have three children, Caitlin, John, and Elizabeth.