After Ivy Title Season, Offensive Coordinator James Perry Accepts Head Coaching Position At Bryant
After coordinating a Princeton offense that both set Ivy League records and helped the Tigers win two of the last four league championships, James Perry has been named the third head coach of the Bryant University football team, it was announced Jan. 2.
Perry, who has spent the last seven years as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Princeton under reigning Ivy League Head Coach of the Year Bob Surace ’90, guided an offense that ranked atop the Ivy League during both the 2013 and 2016 Ivy championship seasons. In both years, a Princeton quarterback earned the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year — Quinn Epperly (2013) and John Lovett (2016). Lovett also went on to earn First-Team All-America honors this past season.
“I couldn’t be happier for James Perry and his family for the opportunity they have at Bryant College,” said Surace, the Charles W. Caldwell Jr. ’25 Head Coach of Princeton Football. “There have been only two FCS head coaching jobs that went to assistant coaches this winter (Lafayette hired former Princeton wide receiver John Garrett ’88). It is a direct testament to both James Perry‘s leadership and the quality of the offenses he coordinated that he was able to earn this position. We look forward to the success he will have at Bryant as we attempt to continue to improve on the league-leading and Ivy-record breaking offenses he coordinated at Princeton.”
This past fall, Perry guided a group that ranked first in the Ivy League in scoring offense (34.6 points per game), total offense (415.5 yards) and rushing offense (183.2 yards) en route to the 2016 Ivy League title. The breakout star of his group was Lovett, who earned First-Team All-America honors after leading the FCS with 20 rushing touchdowns, a Princeton record. Lovett earned the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year after accounting for 31 touchdowns, which was more than five other Ivy League teams scored over the entire season.
Perry’s group broke the Ivy League records for both scoring offense (43.7 points per game) and total offense (511.6 yards per game) during Princeton’s historic 2013 Ivy League championship season. After scoring 50 points only four times in a span of 469 games entering the 2013 schedule, the Tigers did so five times during their eight wins, including victories over historic rivals Harvard and Yale. The group ended the year ranked second nationally in scoring offense, sixth in turnover margin and eighth in total offense. Princeton scored more points in just the second and third quarters (249) than its opponents did all season (246).
Over the last five years, Princeton has averaged more than 32.5 points per game, and it never scored fewer than 266 points in a season. In the previous 20 years of Princeton football, the Tigers had never scored as many as 266 points.
Bryant established its football program in 1999, and it has been a Division I program since 2008. Perry replaces Marty Fine, who resigned at the end of the season and posted a 53-47 overall record and 31-25 mark in the Northeast Conference since 2008.