fter helping lead Long Island Brooklyn to three NCAA appearances over the last seven years, Jack Perri has joined the Boston University men’s basketball team as an assistant coach, head coach Joe Jones announced Monday afternoon.
Perri spent the past five seasons as the head coach at LIU Brooklyn, most recently leading the Blackbirds to a second-place finish in the Northeast Conference at 13-5 and a 20-12 overall record. Highlights of the season included a victory over Big East member St. John’s and Jerome Frink claiming the program’s third NEC Player of the Year award in the last six years after averaging an impressive 16.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg. Iverson Fleming also took home the NEC’s Most Improved Player honor by increasing his scoring average from a year prior by nearly 10 points to 14.5 ppg.
“We are proud to be adding Jack to our Basketball family,” said Jones. “He comes to BU with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has been a part of several NCAA tournament teams and is a proven winner. An advocate for his student-athletes, Jack embodies what we are all about here at BU.”
In his first season at the helm, Perri guided the Blackbirds to an unprecedented third-straight NEC Tournament title in 2013 with a 20-14 record and became just the second recipient of the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year award, handed out annually to the top first-year head coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Sixteen of the 20 triumphs came following the loss of 2012 Northeast Conference Player of the Year Julian Boyd to a season-ending injury just eight games into the year. Perri restructured the high-powered LIU offense following the midseason loss and boosted the unit into the top five nationally in scoring (fifth at 79.5 ppg).
The Manalapan, N.J. native mentored the 2012-13 NEC Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere to career highs in scoring and rebounding, as well as junior point guard Jason Brickman to a LIU single-season record in assists. Brickman led all NCAA Divsion I players in assists per game (8.5) and once again led the nation in 2013-14 at a remarkable 10.0 assists per game, becoming just the second player in NCAA history to average double-figures in the category for an entire season.
Since joining the Blackbirds in 2005-06, Perri helped the team steadily move up the ladder in the NEC. With Perri serving as associate head coach in 2011-12, LIU went 25-9 en route to a second appearance in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The Blackbirds ranked second in the country in scoring (81.4 ppg) and compiled the nation’s second-longest active home winning streak at 27 games.
The 2010-11 season saw LIU compile a 27-6 record for their most overall wins since 1936-37 and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. The team ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (82.7 ppg) and set a program record for conference wins (16).
Before joining the 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, capturing the program’s first Little East Conference co-regular season championship and earning the league’s coach of the year award.
Following his graduation from Bentley College, he moved to the sidelines at his alma mater. As the top assistant from 1998 to 2004, he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting and helped build a squad that went on to earn the No. 1 national ranking in 2004-05 and a No. 2 ranking in 2006-07. 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. Perri and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of three children, Sean Patrick, Jackson Richard and Charlotte Taylor.