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Ruffled feathers: Blackbirds part ways with coach after 20-win season

Clipped wings: Long Island University Brooklyn has fired head men’s basketball coach Jack Perri, who spent five seasons with the program, according to multiple reports.
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He’s been pushed out of the nest.

Long Island University Brooklyn has fired head men’s basketball coach Jack Perri, who spent five seasons with the program.

Perri — the Blackbirds’ 13th head coach — led the team to an overall record of 77–79 during his time on the sidelines. He wrapped up this past season with a 20–12 record and a second-place finish in the Northeast Conference. The year ended far earlier than Perri or his players expected, when the squad fell to Robert Morris in the first round of the conference tournament. LIU reportedly turned down offers to compete in both the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com tournaments.

During the 2012–13 season — Perri’s first with the team — the Blackbirds went 20–14, won the Northeast Conference tournament and made the NCAA Tournament as a team that participated in the First Four. That season, Perri was named the recipient of the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year award, given to the top first-year head coach at the NCAA Division I level.

Before taking the helm at LIU, Perri started his career as an assistant coach with Bentley University in Massachusetts, then took the head coaching position at Division III Rhode Island College. He was the Little East Conference coach of the year during his one season at Rhode Island.

LIU Brooklyn Athletic Director Brad Cohen said in a statement: “LIU Brooklyn has informed head men’s basketball coach Jack Perri that it will not renew his contract, which expires in August. LIU is grateful for his many contributions to our program and wish him great success in the future. A search for a new head men’s basketball coach is underway. The university will provide additional information when a selection has been made.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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