ECU Names New Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Former Georgia State head men's basketball coach Michael Perry has been named an assistant coach at East Carolina announced head coach Mack McCarthy on Monday.

Perry joins assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and director of operations Mark Thompson as the newest additions to the staff for the 2007-08 season.

"We’re extremely fortunate to get someone of the quality of Michael Perry," McCarthy said. “His experience as a head coach and working with three Hall of Fame coaches will be invaluable to our program, in particular to this team’s progress. He will be a great role model for all our young men from day one.”

"This is a great opportunity and a great challenge,” Perry said. “When I looked at ECU, I realized that the resources are in place to be successful. With the leadership of Coach [Terry] Holland, the resources that are available and the commitment that has been made to basketball, this quickly became a very attractive position.

"Coach McCarthy's track record speaks for itself. I talked to a lot people throughout Conference USA and they all had special things to say about ECU. I’m very excited to be a part of the future of Pirate basketball."

Perry, born in Oxford, N.C., spent the past five years as the head coach at Georgia State after serving as an assistant coach to "Lefty" Driesell for five years. During his 10 years, Perry was a major catalyst in the growth of the basketball program and helped lead the transition from the Atlantic Sun conference into the Colonial Athletic Association.

During his tenure at Georgia State, the Panthers won 165 games (an average of 16.5 per year) and advanced to postseason play twice. Perry helped guide the Panthers to the Atlantic Sun conference title in 2001 and a NCAA Tournament First Round upset of Wisconsin. Georgia State received a bid to the NIT the following year.

With Perry on the bench, Georgia State won three regular season conference championships and one tournament title. He also coached the team to back-to-back 20 win seasons for the only time in school history, while helping direct a trio of 20-win campaigns. Perry guided the Panthers to a 20-9 record during his first full season as head coach in 2003-04.

Perry began his coaching career at Virginia Union in 1983. Perry then moved to his alma mater, University of Richmond, in 1986 where he remained until joining Driesell at Georgia State in 1997. As an assistant to coach Dick Tarrant, he assisted in devising a game plan that helped the Spiders become the first No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 seed (Syracuse) in the 1991 NCAA Tournament. As a No. 13 seed in 1988, Richmond defeated fourth-seeded and defending national champion Indiana.

Perry was a four-year letterman at Richmond and played in all 108 of the Spiders' games during that time frame. He graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer (since eclipsed by Johnny Newman) and was a multiple all-conference selection. He was a 1981 draft pick of the Kansas City (now Sacramento) Kings. He received his degree in real estate business.


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