DENTON, Texas - North Texas head coach Dan McCarney has announced the hiring of Tommy Perry as the new running backs coach and special teams coordinator. Perry, a Texas native, comes to North Texas after spending the last four seasons as an assistant at South Alabama.
"Out of the hundreds of applicants that we had for this position, Tommy clearly rose to the top as I went through this process," said McCarney. "He brings in a wealth of experience and success and has a great passion for the running back position."
In addition to the hiring of Perry, Coach McCarney has made two staff changes. Mike Grant will now coach the wide receivers and Nick Quartaro takes over as the tight ends coach.
While at South Alabama, Perry coached the running backs and was the special teams coordinator.
In 2012, the first season at the FBS level for South Alabama, Perry coached placekicker Michel Chapuseaux who set a school record for scoring with 84 points. Chapuseaux hit 20 field goals last season, the second most in Sun Belt Conference history. South Alabama had four running backs with over 200 yards rushing last season.
In 2011, Perry coached placekicker Jordan Means, who connected on 13-of-15 field goals and was South Alabama's first All-American after he was honored by the Beyond Sports College Network.
Perry spent three seasons with Alabama working as a graduate assistant then as an intern, working under both Nick Saban and Mike Shula. The Crimson Tide went undefeated in the regular season in the fall of 2008, advancing to the Southeastern Conference championship game as well as the Allstate Sugar Bowl. After posting a 12-2 record, the team was ranked sixth in both the final Associated Press and USA Today top-25 polls.
Perry began his coaching career as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Texas in 2004, also serving as an academic advisor for the Longhorns. He became a linebacker and strength coach at Texas A&M-Commerce later that year, moving over to coach running backs and handle kickoff return duties in 2005 for the Lions. Three of his backs earned all-Lone Star Conference honors that year, including one who was named the Offensive Back of the Year after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in 10 games.
Perry has additional experience coaching at the professional level after working as a special teams assistant and head strength coach for NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals in 2006. That spring the team posted a 7-3 mark and competed in the World Bowl.
A 2003 graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in English and history, Perry played two seasons - lettering in 2003 - for the Aggies as a fullback, inside linebacker and defensive end while also participating on special teams. He was one of four players on the team who served as the program's 12th man as a senior.
Perry, who earned his master's degree in health & human performance from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2005, is married to the former Angela Painter. The couple has one daughter, Joanna Rose. Perry is the grandson of 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow.
Born: Aug. 29, 1980, in Monroe, La.
Education: Texas A&M '03, bachelor's degree in English and history
Texas A&M-Commerce '05, master's degree in health & human performance
Collegiate Playing Experience:
Two years, linebacker, Tyler [Texas] Junior College
Three years, fullback/linebacker/defensive end, Texas A&M
Texas - assistant strength & conditioning coach, 2004
Texas A&M-Commerce - graduate assistant, 2004-05
Amsterdam Admirals (NFL Europe) - assistant coach/strength and conditioning coach, 2006
Alabama - graduate assistant/intern, 2006-08
South Alabama - assistant coach, 2009-12
Family: Wife, Angela; One daughter, Joanna Rose