Played for and coached under Coach DeChellis at ETSU and Penn State.
Navy men's basketball head coach Ed DeChellis has announced Jon Perry will join the Navy men's basketball coaching staff replacing former assistant coach D.J. Black, who took a similar position at Kennesaw State.
Perry joins Navy after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at Quincy (Ill.), an NCAA Division II member in the tradition-rich Great Lakes Valley Conference. Prior to that, Perry was on DeChellis' staff at Penn State as the Director of Basketball Operations and starred on the hardwood under DeChellis as East Tennessee State.
"Jon is a hard-working, young guy who has a great level of experience. He played for me at East Tennessee State and then coached with me at Penn State, and has valuable recruiting experience at Quincy," said Navy's third-year head coach Ed DeChellis. "He has a great career ahead of him. He will be a head coach someday and we are fortunate enough to have him here at Navy and working with us in helping us continue to grow our program. He will be a welcome addition to our Navy Basketball family."
"I am extremely honored to join the United States Naval Academy basketball program and Coach DeChellis' staff," Perry said. "Having played and worked for him in the past, it was an opportunity I could not pass up. The Naval Academy is a special place; it develops our country's best leaders and is one of the top academic institutions in the nation.
"I am looking forward to working with the players and a great coaching staff. I know under Coach DeChellis' leadership, the Midshipmen will be competing for a Patriot League championship and an NCAA Tournament berth."
Perry spent the past three seasons on the Qunicy staff, joining the Hawks on the bench prior to the 2010-11 season when they won the GLVC North championship, and was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2011-12 season. Overall, the Hawks were 46-35 in Perry's three seasons as Quincy's top assistant. He coached five All-GLVC players and one all-region performer. Twelve student-athletes were named to the Academic All-GLVC list in the last three seasons.
Coach Perry came to Quincy from Penn State University, previously serving at the Director of Basketball Operations in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Perry started with Penn State in the fall of 2004 as the video coordinator before being promoted to Director of Operations in 2008. He was responsible for the Nittany Lions' scheduling, monitoring academic progress, team travel, player development, basketball camps, team managers and assisting DeChellis with day-to-day operations. During his time with Penn State, the Nittany Lions made two National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearances, winning the 2009 title and a school-record 27 games. Perry also helped Penn State players achieve success in the classroom as the Nittany Lions produced multiple all-academic Big Ten student-athletes.
Before his tenure at Penn State, Perry was at East Tennessee State University, where he was both a player and a graduate assistant. During that time, the Buccaneers won four straight Southern Conference North Division titles and posted a record of 87-57. In Perry's first season as a graduate assistant (2002-03), ETSU went 20-11 overall, won the school's first conference tournament title since 1992 and nearly upset No. 2-seeded Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament before falling, 75-72. During his second year as a graduate assistant (2003-04), ETSU finished with a program-best 15-1 record in the conference and won the Southern Conference North Division for the fourth straight year, their second overall regular-season title in four years. The Buccaneers went on to win the Southern Conference tournament for the second year in a row, again earning a trip to the NCAA tournament, where they gave fourth-seeded Cincinnati all it could handle in an 80-77 setback.
A native of Milton, W.Va., Perry was an ETSU and Southern Conference honor roll student, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in sports management in 2002 and his Master of Arts degree in sports management in 2004. Perry is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.