LIU Brooklyn let go of men’s basketball head coach Jack Perri after a 20-win season and 12 years at the university.

LIU Brooklyn announced on Monday that LIU HC Jack Perri will not return. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

In the most surprising and probably the least logical news I have seen and/or heard in all of my years of watching and covering LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball for the past twenty years, LIU Brooklyn have decided to part ways with men’s basketball head coach Jack Perri after five seasons and twelve years in total at the university as both a head coach and an assistant coach.

The news was first reported by ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman this afternoon.

LIU Brooklyn athletic director Brad Cohen released the following statement a little while after the news broke on Twitter.

LIU Brooklyn has informed head men’s basketball coach John 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.

Just an aside from Cohen’s statement, John is his Perri’s given name.

So the LIU Brooklyn administration decided not to renew the contract of their head coach after he won twenty games and finished in second place in the Northeast Conference standings this season.

Perri built this program back up from their three-year run of winning the NEC and losing several of the best players in not just LIU Brooklyn basketball history but NEC history. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn declines postseason invites, ends 2016-17 season at 20-12

With today being Selection Sunday, we all got to see who along with Mount St. Mary’s made up the 68-team NCAA tournament field this year.

We all knew LIU Brooklyn was not going to be among those teams but after LIU were upset by Robert Morris in the NEC tournament quarterfinal round a couple of weeks ago, LIU head coach Jack Perri revealed in the postgame presser with the media that they had gotten invitations to play in the other non-NCAA sponsored postseason tournaments although he didn’t reveal which one they were but many felt they would be a prime candidate to participate in the Postseason Tournament or the CIT as it is better known. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn upset by Robert Morris in NEC Tournament quarterfinals

This fadeaway from RMU's Kavon Stewart with three seconds left helped knock out LIU Brooklyn from the 2017 NEC Tournament Wednesday night. (Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

This fadeaway from RMU’s Kavon Stewart with three seconds left helped knock out LIU Brooklyn from the 2017 NEC Tournament Wednesday night. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn and Robert Morris have played many great games in their long rivalry as NEC foes. In recent history, names like Boyd, Olasewere, Brickman, Karvel Anderson, Lucky Jones and Velton Jones immediately comes to mind.

Wednesday night, inside a raucous Steinberg Wellness Center which stuffed in over 1400 fans to watch another great game to add to the long legacy of the Robert Morris-LIU Brooklyn rivalry, it was Robert Morris senior point guard Kavon Stewart who came up his the biggest shot of his career with three seconds remaining to upset LIU Brooklyn and advance to the NEC tournament semifinals with a 69-68 win for the Colonials. [Read more…]