James Perry ’00, the top passer in Ivy League Footballhistory and former Ivy League Player of the Year, returned to hisalma mater in 2007 to coach the quarterbacks and receivers atBrown. Perry recently became Brown’ recruitingcoordinator in addition to his quarterback coaching duties.
In two years with the Bears coaching staff, Perry helped the Bearswin an Ivy League title, and transform Bears’ quarterbackMichael Dougherty ’09 into one of the top quarterbacks in theIvy League football history. Dougherty wrapped up his Brown careerwith 487 career completions, 8th best in Ivy football history, and5,763 career passing yards, 11th best in the Ivy record book. Inaddition, Dougherty’s 5,914 career yards in total offenserank 14th in the Ivy record book, while his 38 career TD passes are13th in Ivy history. He also finished 17th in the Ivy record bookin completion percentage (.583), completing 487 of 835 careerpasses.
At Brown, Perry led the Bears to the Ivy League Championship in1999, and holds virtually every school and Ivy League passingrecord, including passing yards in a season (3,255) and career(9,294), completions in a season (309) and career (789), touchdownpasses in a game (6) and career (74), and total offense in a career(9,236). He threw for over 400 yards in a game six times during hiscareer.
He was a Walter Payton Award Finalist as a senior and won theBulger Lowe Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in NewEngland. A three-time first team All-Ivy selection, Perry wasalso named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the YearAward recipient. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Year asa senior in 1999 when he threw for 3,255 yards and 27 touchdownsand led the school to its second league title in schoolhistory. Following his college career, he spent the 2001season in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.
A 2000 graduate of Brown with a Bachelor of Science degree, Perrywent on to earn a Master’s degree in Education Policy &Leadership from the University of Maryland in 2006.
Perry comes to Brown from the University of Delaware, where hecoached the running backs for the 2006 season. The Blue Hensoffense flourished with Perry’s assistance, ranking in thetop five in the conference and among the NCAA I-AA leaders inpassing offense total offense, and scoring offense
As a graduate assistant with the offense in 2004 and 2005 at theUniversity of Maryland, Perry helped lead the Terrapins toconsecutive 5-6 seasons under head coach Ralph Friedgen. While atMaryland, his duties included breaking down opponent game film,working with the defensive scout team, and assisting with theTerrapin offensive line.
A native of Andover, Massachusetts, Perry began his coachingcareer as assistant quarterbacks and wide receivers coach atDartmouth in 2001 and served as quarterbacks coach at theUniversity of San Diego in 2002. He served as quarterbacks coachand recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division III power WilliamsCollege in Williamstown, MA from 2002-03, and served as offensivecoordinator there in 2004 before moving on to Maryland later thatsame season.
He and his wife, Abby, reside in Providence, Rhode Island, withtheir newborn son, Samuel Ernest.
All-Ivy Players Coached by Perry
2007 Michael Dougherty (Second Team QB), BuddyFarnham (First Team WR), Bobby Sewall (Second Team WR), PaulRaymond (Second Team WR)
2008 Michael Dougherty (Second Team QB)