James Perry
James Perry
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 401-232-6399 x1
Email: jperry5@bryant.edu
Fax: 401-232-6067
Alma Mater: Brown '00
At Bryant Since: January 2017
James Perry begins his second season as the head coach of the Bryant football program in 2018. Perry was hired as third head coach in program history on January 3, 2017. 
 
Perry wasted little time getting the Bulldogs back on track, closing the 2017 season on a four-game winning streak to a post a 6-5 record on the year. In NEC play, Bryant went 4-2, finishing in a tie for second in the final league standings after being picked sixth in the preseason poll. 
 
Bryant’s offense thrived under Perry’s watchful eye, averaging nearly 100 more yards per game and finishing the year with an average of 30.3 points per game. The Black and Gold also shattered the program’s passing record in 2017 as Price Wilson became just the second QB in NEC history to throw for over 3,000 yards (3,311) in a single season. 
 
Wilson would go on to earn All-NEC Second Team honors, marking the fifth-straight year that Perry mentored an all-league signal caller. In total, Perry coached eight All-NEC selections, the NEC Defensive Player of the Year, NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year and two All-Americans in his first season in Smithfield. 

Prior to arriving in Smithfield, Perry spent the past seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at Princeton University.

An outstanding quarterback during his playing days, Perry has instilled an offensive mentality of “Fast and Physical” football to each of his coaching stops. He has led Princeton to Ivy League titles in 2013 and 2016, coaching three All-Ivy League quarterbacks over the past four seasons and guiding the Tigers into one of the program’s most impressive offensive eras.

This past fall, Perry’s Tiger offense ranked atop the Ivy League in scoring (34.6 points per game), total offense (415.5 yards per game) and rushing offense (183.2 yards per game) on its way to the program’s second Ivy League Championship in four years. He guided quarterback John Lovett to a First Team All-America recognition in 2016 after the junior paced the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with a Princeton-record 20 rushing touchdowns. Lovett also became the second quarterback under Perry to win the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s Offensive Player of the Year.

In the 2013 championship season, Perry guided the Tigers to a pair of Ivy League-record offensive trends, averaging 43.7 points and 511.6 yards per game. Perry’s unit finished second nationally in scoring offense, sixth in turnover margin and eighth in total offense. Under Perry’s tutelage, quarterback Quinn Epperly was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, given to the top offensive player in the FCS.

In total, Perry has coached 36 All-Ivy League offensive selections in his seven seasons at Princeton.

A 2000 graduate of Brown University, Perry is no stranger to the Ocean State, spending three years at his alma mater as an offensive assistant before joining the Princeton staff in 2010. He coached the quarterbacks and served as recruiting coordinator for the Bears, helping them win an Ivy League crown in 2008. Michael Dougherty thrived under Perry, graduating eighth all-time in league history with 487 career completions and 11th all-time with 5,763 career passing yards while also setting a still-standing Ivy League record for total offense in a game (538 yards in 2008).

Prior to his tenure at Brown, Perry made coaching stops at the University of Delaware (2006, running backs), the University of Maryland (2004-05, offensive graduate assistant), Williams College (2002-04, quarterbacks/recruiting coordinator) and Dartmouth College (2001, quarterbacks/wide receivers assistant). While at Delaware, Perry helped shape the Blue Hens into a I-AA leader in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense.

As a quarterback at Brown, Perry led the Bears to the 1999 Ivy League Championship, finishing the season with 3,255 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. He was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award and was the recipient of both the Bulger Lowe Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year in New England and the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year. He was a three-time First Team All-Ivy League pick and earned the 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year.

In addition to his numerous accolades, Perry set virtually every school and Ivy League passing record during his playing career. He graduated as the all-time leader in total offense in a career (9,236), passing yards in a career (9,294) and season (3,255), completions in a career (789) and season (309), and touchdown passes in a career (74) and game (6), still holding the Ivy League mark in the final three. Perry threw for over 400 yards in a game seven times in his career.

Following his collegiate career, Perry spent the 2001 season playing professionally in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.

A native of Andover, Mass., Perry graduated from Brown with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and went on to earn a Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland in 2006. He attended Malden Catholic High School in Malden, Mass., where he was named the 1996 Boston Globe Massachusetts High School Athlete and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

He and his wife, Abby, have two sons, Samuel and Nathaniel, and a daughter, Rosemary.