Hardly ever is there a training change made in school basketball within the all-important, recruiting-centric month of July. However on Wednesday the College of the Pacific introduced it might have a brand new head coach for the 2021-22 season. The varsity collectively introduced the departure of Damon Stoudamire and the speedy hiring of Tigers assistant Leonard Perry.
Stoudamire, who spent the previous 5 seasons with the Tigers, is leaving the varsity to hitch the Boston Celtics’ employees as an assistant beneath newly-hired coach Ime Udoka. Stoudamire and Udoka have identified one another for many years. Stoudamire leaves Pacific with a 71-77 document, together with a 32-19 mark the previous two seasons. In April, Stoudamire was a finalist for the top job at his alma mater, Arizona, earlier than that college employed former Gonzaga lead assistant Tommy Lloyd.
“I’m really excited to announce the hiring of Leonard Perry as our new males’s basketball coach,” Pacific athletic director Janet Lucas stated. “He brings a ardour and enthusiasm to the sport that’s contagious. His involvement the final 5 years was influential in serving to Damon Stoudamire transfer this program in the fitting route. Damon was an excellent coach and I sincerely respect his efforts to rebuild our males’s basketball program.”
Perry, who will tackle his new publish in a full-time capability, has been on employees with the Tigers since Stoudamire’s hiring in 2016. He was beforehand a head coach at Idaho, his alma mater, from 2001-2006. He additionally frolicked as an assistant greater than a decade in the past with the Indiana Pacers.