A former head coach at the Division I level for five years, Michael Perry is in his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Pirates.
Prior to joining the East Carolina coaching staff, Perry spent five years (2003-07) as the head coach at Georgia State after serving as an assistant coach to "Lefty" Driesell for five years. During his 10 years, Perry was a major catalyst in the growth of the basketball program and helped lead the transition from the Atlantic Sun conference into the Colonial Athletic Association.
During his tenure at Georgia State, the Panthers won 165 games (an average of 16.5 per year) and advanced to postseason play twice. Perry helped guide the Panthers to the Atlantic Sun conference title in 2001 and a NCAA Tournament First Round upset of Wisconsin. Georgia State received a bid to the NIT the following year.
With Perry on the bench, Georgia State won three regular season conference championships and one tournament title. He also coached the team to back-to-back 20 win seasons for the only time in school history, while helping direct a trio of 20-win campaigns. Perry guided the Panthers to a 20-9 record during his first full season as head coach in 2003-04.
He was promoted from associate head coach to head coach on Jan. 3, 2003 when "Lefty" Driesell announced his retirement. He had joined the staff as an assistant with Driesell in 1997.
Perry began his coaching career at Virginia Union in 1983. Perry then moved to his alma mater, University of Richmond, in 1986 where he remained until joining Driesell at Georgia State in 1997. As an assistant to coach Dick Tarrant, he assisted in devising a game plan that helped the Spiders become the first No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 seed (Syracuse) in the 1991 NCAA Tournament. As a No. 13 seed in 1988, Richmond defeated fourth-seeded and defending national champion Indiana.
Once a self-employed entrepreneur, Perry spent over a decade in the private business sector before moving into full-time coaching in 1994.
Perry was a four-year letterman at Richmond was elected to the Richmond Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. He played in all 108 of the Spiders' games from 1978-81. Perry was an all-conference player and honorable mention All-America. He averaged over 18 points each season, including 22.8 points per game average as a senior. He graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer (since eclipsed by Johnny Newman). He was a 1981 draft pick of the Kansas City (now Sacramento) Kings.
Perry, born in Oxford, N.C., received his degree in real estate business. He and his wife Darlene have three children: Rashawna (29), Ashley (22) and Michael, Jr. (19).