Coach Stoudamire hires remainder of Pacific’s coaching staff
After initially adding coaches Luke Wicks and JayDee Luster, new men’s basketball Head Coach Damon Stoudamire has finished forming his assistant staff with the hire of Leonard Perry. Perry will take on the role of associate head coach after spending the past four years as an assistant at Colorado State. Coach Stoudamire spoke on the hire in a press release on Monday.
“Coach Perry is someone I’ve known 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.”
As part of the staff at Colorado State for four years, Perry helped lead the Rams to an 87-48 record, an appearance in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in 2015. The team won a school-record 26 games in 2012, then won 27 games in 2014.
Before Coach Stoudamire hired Perry, he recruited Luke Wicks and Jaydee Luster to join his staff. Wicks has spent the past five years as an assistant head coach at the University of San Francisco.
The Dons made the post season three out of those five years under Wicks’ guidance and turned out 12 players who received All-West Coast Conference honors.
JayDee Luster comes to Pacific after serving as a player development coach for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks for the past year. He has also worked as the director of basketball operations at Bradley University.
As a college player at Wisconsin, Luster was named the 2012 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
With his staff now set, Coach Stoudamire can set his sights on preparing his team for the 2016-17 season. The Tigers are brimming with potential and, with an experienced and dedicated staff in place, the sky is the limit for the Tigers as they begin a new era of Pacific basketball.
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