PROVIDENCE — After two seasons as the head coach at Bryant University, James Perry is returning to College Hill, where he set records galore as the quarterback for the Brown University football team.
Perry, the architect of two Ivy League championships for Brown, will become the 20th head coach of the Bears’ football team.
“I’m honored to return to my alma mater as its head coach and follow in the footsteps of Phil Estes (who resigned after 21 seasons), my mentor and friend,” said Perry.
The Andover native held virtually every Brown 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 (six) 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.
“Brown is an exceptional place with a proven record of success in higher education and on the football field,” Perry added. “I look forward to building an Ivy League Championship team at Brown once again through our ‘Fast and Physical’ style of playing football.”
A 2000 graduate of Brown, Perry was named the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior, a Walter Payton Award Finalist and won the Bulger Lowe Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in New England.
Perry was a three-time first team All-Ivy selection as well as being named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year Award recipient, throwing for 3,255 yards and 27 touchdowns and leading the Bears to their second league title in school history in 1999.
“James is a proven leader, who has excelled in all aspects of his career – as a player, assistant coach and head coach,” Jack Hayes, the Brown Athletic Director said. “He has the determination and experience to lead the Brown football program back to the upper echelon of the Ivy League.”
Perry began his coaching career as assistant quarterbacks and wide-receivers coach at Dartmouth College in 2001. He then served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division III power Williams College before moving to Maryland in 2006.