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Published 01/03/17

Princeton U.'s James Perry joins Bryant as new head football coach

James Perry headshotSMITHFIELD, R.I. — Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley and Director of Athletics Bill Smith announced the hiring of James Perry as the next head coach of the Bulldog football program at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center. (Read the complete press release here.)

Perry, who has spent the past seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at Princeton University, becomes the third head coach in program history.

Perry "has spent the last seven years turning Princeton into one of the most formidable offenses in the country."

“We are thrilled to announce James Perry as the next head coach of the Bryant football program,” said Smith. “He brings with him a track record of success that includes four Ivy League Championships and has spent the last seven years turning Princeton into one of the most formidable offenses in the country. He runs a relentless style of football which will breathe new life into a program that is ready to take the next step towards becoming a champion.”

“We like to win in the classroom and on the field, and we are happy to have Coach Perry, a leader who understands this important goal,” said Machtley. “Throughout his career, he has delivered academic and athletic success at schools with high standards of accomplishment, and we know he will do the same for our student-athletes here at Bryant.”

An outstanding quarterback during his playing days at Brown University, 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.

Perry "has delivered academic and athletic success at schools with high standards of accomplishment."

“I couldn't be more excited to be the head football coach at Bryant University, one of the premier programs in the FCS,” said Perry. “I would like to thank President Machtley and Athletics Director Bill Smith for this opportunity. During the interview process, they made it clear that not only does Bryant offer one of the best educations and top athletic experiences to its student-athletes, but also offers a great place for me and my family to live and be a part of the community.

“I look forward to guiding the program and to bringing a new energy to the way our student-athletes attack this great game of football.”

A native of Andover, Mass., Perry graduated from Brown University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and went on to earn a master's degree in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland in 2006.

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

Bryant University is a member of the Division I Northeast Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).