Stockton, Calif. - Just a few weeks after bringing in a pair of assistants as his first hires, head coach Damon Stoudamire completed his staff with the addition of Leonard Perry as the Tigers' associate head coach. Perry joins assistants Luke Wicks and JayDee Luster on the bench as Pacific's new era under Stoudamire begins.
"Coach Perry is someone I've know for a long time," said Stoudamire. "He brings a lot of experience and credibility to the staff. He coached and played under coach Larry Eustachy, bringing teams to the Elite 8 and numerous NCAA Tournaments. His experience will help myself and the staff rebuild a championship program here at Pacific. He has been on both sides of the ball and he will be able to nurture and mentor our student-athletes. I am privileged to have him on staff."
Perry, a native of Dallas, Texas, brings with him decades of coaching and recruiting experience as both an assistant coach and head coach. Most recently the associate head coach at Colorado State, Perry spent four seasons with the Rams during which time Colorado State enjoyed unprecedented success. In his first year in Fort Collins, Perry was instrumental in what was then the Rams most-successful season in program history as Colorado State went 26-9, cracked the top-25 for the first time, and advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. During the 2014-15 season, the Rams would rewrite the record books again, beginning the season 14-0 before going on to post a 27-7 record while making the postseason for the second time in three seasons.
While at Colorado State, Perry coached alongside of his long-time mentor, head coach Larry Eustachy, as the two spent four seasons at Colorado State after a one-year stint together at Southern Miss where they led the Golden Eagles into the NCAA Tournament. Prior to Southern Miss, Perry spent six years with the Indiana Pacers serving as an assistant coach during the 2006-07 season. He then spent 2007-11 as an Advanced Scout for the Pacers. Beginning in 2008, he was in charge of NBA and NBA Developmental League Pro Scouting.
Prior to Indiana, Perry was the head coach at his alma mater, Idaho, from 2001-06, where he led the Vandals to a 48-97 record over five seasons. During his tenure, Perry coached eight All-Big West Conference players.
Before Idaho, Perry spent six years with Eustachy at Iowa State and Utah State. Perry went to Iowa State in 1998 as an Assistant Coach. The following year, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. Perry helped lead the Cyclones to two NCAA Tournament Appearances, including the 2000 Big XII regular season and tournament championship and a spot in the Elite Eight.
Perry was an assistant coach at Utah State from 1995-98. While in Logan, he helped lead the Aggies to a 63-32 record, including two 20-win seasons. In 1996-97 and 1997-98, Utah State won back-to-back Big West Conference regular season championships, and made the NCAA Tournament in 1997-98.
No stranger to success as a player at Idaho, Perry led the Vandals to a 25-6 mark, the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship and a berth in the 1990 NCAA Tournament as the team's starting point guard. He was known for tough defense, leadership and hard work and received the team's most improved player award in 1990 and the Ronald White Award in 1991 as the Vandals' most outstanding player. He graduated from Idaho in 1995 with a degree in general studies with an emphasis in English.
Perry and his wife, Christina, have two daughters, Keisha Ann and Kayla Corrine, and a son, Justin Leonard. Perry also has another son, Leonard III, and daughter Camitri Deon.