James Perry ’00, the top passer in Ivy League Football
history and former Ivy League Player of the Year, returned to his
alma mater in 2007 to coach the quarterbacks and receivers at
Brown. Perry recently became Brown’ recruiting
coordinator in addition to his quarterback coaching duties.
In two years with the Bears coaching staff, Perry helped the Bears win an Ivy League title, and transform Bears’ quarterback Michael Dougherty ’09 into one of the top quarterbacks in the Ivy League football history. Dougherty wrapped up his Brown career with 487 career completions, 8th best in Ivy football history, and 5,763 career passing yards, 11th best in the Ivy record book. In addition, Dougherty’s 5,914 career yards in total offense rank 14th in the Ivy record book, while his 38 career TD passes are 13th in Ivy history. He also finished 17th in the Ivy record book in completion percentage (.583), completing 487 of 835 career passes.
At Brown, Perry led the Bears to the Ivy League Championship in 1999, and holds virtually every school 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 (6) 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.
He was a Walter Payton Award Finalist as a senior and won the Bulger Lowe Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in New England. A three-time first team All-Ivy selection, Perry was also named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year Award recipient. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior in 1999 when he threw for 3,255 yards and 27 touchdowns and led the school to its second league title in school history. Following his college career, he spent the 2001 season in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League.
A 2000 graduate of Brown with a Bachelor of Science degree, Perry went 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 he coached the running backs for the 2006 season. The Blue Hens offense flourished with Perry’s assistance, ranking in the top five in the conference and among the NCAA I-AA leaders in passing offense total offense, and scoring offense
As a graduate assistant with the offense in 2004 and 2005 at the University of Maryland, Perry helped lead the Terrapins to consecutive 5-6 seasons under head coach Ralph Friedgen. While at Maryland, his duties included breaking down opponent game film, working with the defensive scout team, and assisting with the Terrapin offensive line.
A native of Andover, Massachusetts, Perry began his coaching career as assistant quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Dartmouth in 2001 and served as quarterbacks coach at the University of San Diego in 2002. He served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division III power Williams College in Williamstown, MA from 2002-03, and served as offensive coordinator there in 2004 before moving on to Maryland later that same season.
He and his wife, Abby, reside in Providence, Rhode Island, with their newborn son, Samuel Ernest.
All-Ivy Players Coached by Perry
2007 Michael Dougherty (Second Team QB), Buddy Farnham (First Team WR), Bobby Sewall (Second Team WR), Paul Raymond (Second Team WR)
2008 Michael Dougherty (Second Team QB)