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.

He took this team from 9 wins the year after their historic run ended to 12 wins the year after that to 16 wins the year after that to 20 wins this season and received not one but TWO postseason invitations.

It became odd when the news come along last week that LIU Brooklyn decided not to accept either postseason invitation. Let’s face it, this is not a university or a program that gets into the postseason every year and are in a position to decline invitations to play in any postseason tournament. Now, things have become crystal-clear why the decision was made and it all points at the LIU administration.

Perri served the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball program with great pride and dignity and for him to not even get a consideration to have his contract renewed is one of the most mind-boggling decisions I have come across in my time surrounding myself around this program.

This program would not nearly have had a lot of the successes they have had in the past decade without the hard work in both coaching and recruiting Jack Perri brought to LIU Brooklyn.

As an assistant and then an associate head coach to former LIU head coach Jim Ferry, Perri was credited for helping recruit many players that helped shaped this program. Perri recruited Jason Brickman and brought him to LIU Brooklyn where he became the fourth-best NCAA assist man of ALL-TIME.

He coached THREE NEC Player of the Years at LIU in Julian Boyd, Jamal Olasewere, and Jerome Frink and he probably would have another one in Taurean Waller-Prince had he decided to come to LIU instead of going to Baylor after Jim Ferry left for Duquesne. He coached several All-NEC players and was a huge part in their three straight NEC titles.

This team won twenty games this season despite losing one of their seniors and one of their key players in Joel Hernandez in game one and then having to deal with the surprising death of Jerome Frink’s father passing late in the season and the obvious effect that had on him.

He started two freshmen in the backcourt and had to rely on a young and mostly inexperienced bench this season. He brought along some young talent in All-Rookie team selection Jashaun Agosto, Julian Batts, Julius van Sauers, Raul Frias and Raiquan Clark.

With a couple of smart additions this offseason, this team was in good shape to be in a position to make a possible run at it next season. Now, everything is up in the air.

On a personal note, coming from not just a person who follows this team year in and year out but as an alum of this institution, I absolutely hate this decision announced today by the university and their administration.

Jack Perri is a very good basketball coach. He is even a better person. He didn’t deserve to be let go.

This administration should have been the ones running to his office to get his signature on a new contract but instead, let go of a guy and coach who has done nothing but represent that university in a positive light and has been doing things the right way at a low-major for a long time.

I wish Jack Perri and his wife Julie and their three young children well. I wish the entire Perri family well. I’m personally going to miss seeing them and chatting with them at games in the future. They are all wonderful people and deserved better than what they were given.

Many thanks to Jack for his years of support, help, and insight to Blackbirds Hoops Journal. With that and the support and help of many others, this site would have died a slow death several years ago. Thank you, Jack and his coaching staff for that.

I hope for Jack’s sake, he lands on his feet and finds a coaching job sooner than later. If anything, if he doesn’t find a head coaching job, I hope he lands back with Jim Ferry and his staff if Ferry lands a job somewhere. Think about that, Jack Perri and Jim Ferry looking for head coaching jobs in the same offseason. This college coaching industry makes little sense.

As for the future of LIU Brooklyn. Who knows?

There are some names being brought up but I haven’t had the desire to even take a serious look at them. Some names make little sense. Some make more but right now, I could care less.

LIU had their guy. We had our guy, and he is gone for no good reason.

They better hit a homerun on their next head coach because otherwise, this will go down as one of the worst decisions that could have been possibly made for the future and stability of this program.

Comments

  1. sounds like a lot of ex-player families who are just bitter because there kids didn’t play. Let’s be real. He spent 5 years at LIU
    1 ncaa tourney and 2 20 win seasons. He could have been coach of the year this year……….

    checked out his wiki page
    second most wins in conference the past 2 years.

    what an awful decision

  2. lol at the santil kid’s family. He was awful, kid went to three high schools and this is his 3rd college. I coach in jersey every coach he played for can’t stand him

  3. Lol at the santil kid’s family. That kid was the worst. Just a bad kid, I coach in Jersey and every single coach he played for couldn’t wait for him to leave. He went to 3 high schools and 3 colleges………………………uhmmmmmm

  4. lolol

  5. The woods family is still following LIU, lolol. They were D2 players and it’s why they transferred to d2 schools because no other program wanted them. 316 coaches can’t be wrong?????

  6. riddler68 says:

    Good news! Former Carolina Cougars/Denver Nuggets/UCLA Bruins/NJ Nets/Kansas Jayhawks/San Antonio Spurs/LA Clippers/Inidana Pacers/Philly 76ers/Detroit Pistons/NY Knicks/Charlotte Bobcats/SMU Mustangs is reportedly interested in the job. Nothing like a 76-year old career vagabond to replace a good young coach, and probably get the team banned from postseason play after he leaves in 18-24 months.

  7. Really really surprised by this. There must be something we didn’t know about behind the scenes. The administration and Perri were clearly at odds. That is the only rationale after 20 wins. I don’t think Perri was great but didn’t deserve this.

  8. Well done Nelson. Alumnus here who went to his first MBB game in 1963. I am shakin to the core..Not much else to say…….

  9. I have been an Blackbird fan since the 70’s. I have seen the ups and downs with this program. A poster above said it right, this is not a big time program and its harder to win here then a lot of places, that being said…..I think the landscape is completely different and is changing the divide between the haves and have not’s is widening even more. Schools are being forced to pony up more to keep there programs relevant more then ever. I am hearing rumors about coaching candidates that should make everyone’s mouth water. Tom Pecora & Brusier Flint are among the few that are being bandied about. Imagine that? At this level to have interest from 2 proven coaches from leagues a few rungs above? That’s huge for LIU and says that you actually have a program that can succeed with the right pieces in place. LIU always has found a way.facilities and neighborhood is not a hindrance, they are a plus now. You recruit a kid telling him he will play 2 games in the Barclays? BONUS.
    So if the Admins pull the trigger on one of these 2 names the rebuild becomes a reload and hold onto your hat because it will probably be a short wild ride.

    • You’re missing the point entirely. The guy that is getting fired won 20 games this year and helped to build the program from perennial losers (minus two years with Charles Jones) to 3 championships and 5 winning seasons in a 7-year span.

      No matter who they hire, the move was unjustified.

      • You may be right, I am not as close to the program as you may be. I am thinking something went down that was not acceptable and the school is moving on. There may have been a philosophy change at the top. I dont like to speculate. I will say that once the dust settles, LIU should be in a decent position moving forward. Feelings are always hurt in situations like this. If you are an LIU fan, you are an owner of the program, coaches and admins are renters. Stay the course and hopefully it will pay off again.

      • THANK YOU GOD !!!!! says:

        ASSHOLE COACH PERRI COULDNT COACH HE MANAGED A GOOD TEAM THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER FROM THE PREVIOUS COACH .WHEN HE GOT HIS CHANCE 3 LOSING SEASONS INJURIES AND 4 MAJOR TRANSFERS IN 2YRS IN WHICH HE WENT OUT ON THE LINE FOR THE ICELAND GUARDS IN WHICH ELVAR PISSED ON HIM AND THEM MARTIN SEALED IT NOTHING BUT EGG ON HIS FACE .YOU SOUND LIKE COACH BRIDGE WHO WAS DEFINITELY A YES MAN AND PUNK ASS COACH AND IF U NEED ME TO SAY TO YOUR FACE I WILL GLADLY SHOW UP AND DO SOOOO !!!!! PUNK ASS

      • This dude who writes in all caps needs to shut the hell up. Former players like Jamal Olasewere who is one of the best players in school history think this move was insane. Your boy Saintil is now at what his 4th school why is that Perris fault ur boy is a punk ass bitch

      • THE REAL COACH PERRI WAS A FRAUD says:

        I SPEAKING LITERALLY TO SHUT UP NOW AND I WANT YOU TO READ WHAT I AM SAYING VERY CLEARLY SO THAT’S THE REASON WHY ITS IN CAPS .SO LETS BE VERY CLEAR AS I EXPLAIN THIS TO ALL OF YOU AND PUNK ASS COACH BRIDGE WHO WAS PART OF THE PROBLEM . COACH PERRI IS AND WAS NEVER A GREAT DIV 1 COACH PERIOD HIS PREDECESSOR WAS GREAT AND BUILT THE PROGRAM PERRI DID HELP RECRUIT BUT HE WAS NOT GOOD IN THE BKLYN COMMUNITY AND IT WAS UNUSUAL THAT HE COULDNT RECRUIT HIS BASE IN THE CITY. NOW THE WORD FROM HIS PLAYERS IS THAT HE USES YOU TO GET YOU HERE AND SELLS YOU A STORY AND THEN TELLS YOU HE IS RUNNING A SYSTEM THAT YOU WILL FLOURISH IN AND WHEN THE RECRUIT COMES IT NEVER HAPPENS . NOW AS COACH PERRI LIED TO GET CERTAIN RECRUITS TO THE SCHOOL HE LEFT THEM A HARDWAY OUT ONCE THEY FOUND OUT THAT HE LIED SO THEY TRY TO ASSIMILATE TO THE PROGRAM AND HOPE THINGS GET BETTER .BUT IT DOESNT HAPPEN WHY BECAUSE PERRI IS NOT A TEACHER OF THE GAME HE IS A MAN TRYING TO GET WINS TO KEEP HIS JOB AND ON TO THE NEXT VICTIM . NOW THINGS CHANGED WHEN HE RECRUITED ELVAR AND MARTIN .THESE WERE THE REPLACEMENT FOR BRICKMAN WHO WAS OUTSTANDING IN HIS TENURE AT LIU.PROBLEM IS BRICKMAN HAD PLAYMAKERS TO FINISH AND PERRI DIDNT GET FINISHERS PLUS THE HEALTH OF THE TEAM FAILED HIM AS WELL. SO NOW ELVAR AND MARTIN IS ON BOARD IN WHICH PERRI WENT OUT ON THE LINE WITH THE ICELAND GUARDS SHOWING THEM FAVORITISM ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE GIRLSS IN THEIR DORMS THEM ALSO NOT STAYING IN THE UNDERCLASSMAN DORMS BUT WHAT HAPPEN WAS HE SHOWED FAVORITISM IN PRACTICE AND IN GAMES WHERE THEY WOULD MAKE MISTAKES AND HE WOULDNT YELL AND OTHER PLAYERS SUCH AS IVERSON FLEMING WOULD DO SOMETHING WRONG AND HE WOULD SCREAM YELL AND IMMEADIATELY TAKE HIM OUT AND OTHER PLAYERS WHO MADE MISTAKES. PERRI ALSO WAASA BAD COACH MORAL ON HIS TEAM WAS ALWAYS LOW HE PICKED TOURNAMENTS THAT THE TEAM WASNT MENTALLY NOR PSYCHOLOGICALLY PREPARED FOR . ELVAR AND MARTIN WERE TERRIBLE DEFENDERS ,THEY COULDNT BREAK A PRESS WORTH THEIR LIFE AND YOU HAD PARENTS YELLING AT PERRI FROM THE STANDS WHEN HE WOULD BLANTANTLY TAKE OUT THEIR CHILD AND THEN DONT DO ANYTHING TO ELVAR OR MARTIN. SO THIS FUNK IS BREWING . THE TEAM HAS LOW MORALE WHY IS BECAUSE PERRI IS USING DIVIDE AND CONQUER TACTICS AND SITTING PLAYERS BEAUSE HE FEELS THEY ARENT GIVING EFFORT BUT IT STARTS WITH THE ICELAND GUARDS WHO ARE BEING EXPOSED EVERY GAME NOW BUT COACH HAS TO DRUM THEM UP .NOW IF THESE PLAYERS WERE REALLY EXCELLENT YOU SIT DOWN AND GIVE RESPECT BUT ITS NOT THAT TYPE OF PARTY ,MOST PLAYERS AT THIS POINT ARE JUST GOING THRU MOTIONS PLUS PERRI IS MAKING THREATS TO TAKE AWAY SCHOLARSHIPS IF THEY DONT DO WHAT HE SAYS .THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE SCEHMES DONT WORK HE IS USING PLAYERS AS 3’S AND 4’S WHEN THEY CAME TO PLAY THE 2 BUT OOPS HE LIED RECRUITING AND SILENTLY MONEY WAS PAID OUT TO BRING THE ICELAND GUARDS TO PLAY AT LIU SO COACH GOT TO RIDE IT OUT .THE LOSING CONTINUES AND PLAYOFFS ARE MISSED BUT BOMBSHELL THEIR REPLACEMNT FOR BRICKMAN ,ELVAR ANNOUNCES HIS TRANSFER TO FLORIDA AND COACH LOSES IT THROWS HIM OUT THE DORMS AND EGG ALL ON HIS FACE . NEXT SEASON COACH IS NOT A GOOD COMMUNICATOR IN DEVELOPING YOUNG MEN SO THE KIDS ARE HOPEFUL THINGS WILL CHANGE SINCE HE REACHED OUT OVER THE SUMMER AND SAID SO BUT AS USUAL STARTS OUT WITH A BAD SCRIMMAGE GAME AT COLUMBIA WHERE AGAIN THE TEAM CANT BREAK A PRESS . THE POINT GUARD PLAY HAS IMPROVED BUT NOW ITS ONE ON ONE BALL AND THEY NEVER FEED THE LOWPOST THREAT THEY HAVE IN FRICK. COACH PRECEDES HIS THREATS BY USING PLAYERS TO RAT ON EACH OTHER FOR MORE PLAYING TIME AND STILL BEING VERBALLY ABUSIVE .nOW THIS TIME COACH IS BEING RECORDED SILENTLY AND A PETITION WENT AROUND TO HAVE HIM REMOVED . 8 PLAYERS SIGNED IT BUT THE THREATS STARTED TO COME DOWN AND SCHOLARSHIPS BEING TAKEN AWAY SO THE PLAYERS RETRACTED THEIR STATEMENTS AND SIGNATURES BECAUSE BRAD COHEN AND THE HIGHER ARCHS WERE NOW INVOLVED . COACHED DODGED ANOTHER BULLET BUT STILL GOT BUMPED AFTER THE 1ST PLAYOFF ROUND . D DAY MASS EXODUS OUT THE PROGRAM MARTIN LEAVES THE WOODS TWINS LEAVE AND SANTIL LEAVE AFTER JUST 1 YEAR UNDER PERRI AND YOU GUYS STILL SAY HE’S A GREAT COACH OK .THIS YEAR NOTHING CHANGED HE JUST DID IT MORE COVERTLY THEY WON MORE BUT LOST WHEN IT COUNTED COACH PERRI IS NOW DOWNTOWN BK ST JOHNS IS NOT ST JOHNS AND HE STILL CANT CAPITALIZE BUT TO BE HONEST HE HAD HIS SHOT AND THE SHIT HE DID TO THOSE YOUNG MEN CREATING A HOSTILE ENVIORMENT IM GLAD HE’S FIRED YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE

      • Yo Eddy, your kid is getting killed up there! Might want to come back with another CAPS LOCK POST!

        Your son leaves schools when the going gets tough and someone challenges him to be better. Also, how are his grades? Pretty good I’m sure, given he’s been to so many schools and all.

        Can’t wait to see him do the exact same thing at Iona next year, if he’s even on the roster. I find it curious that he’s not listed on the roster online. Why is that? Maybe you know?

  10. THERE iS A GOD !!!! says:

    OMG !!!! There is A GOD. Normally I wouldn’t gloat in the suffering of someone losing there job but this is so deserving of Jack Perri .First off where should i begin ? Coach Perri first off was not a very good person and he lucked up getting the job in the first place can someone say nepotism.he inherited a winning situation from the last coach and basically managed a great team with a great point guard sought of like joe giradi with the 2009 Yankees . Now lets talk about this lying piece of shit that Perri is . Number 1 a very abusive man to his players he used a divide a conquer tactic that divided the team especially with the recruitment of Elvar and Martin .They got special treatment from Perri and they turned around and left him after he was the kiss ass that he was. The Admin knew he was a verbally abusive coach and all of you dont know he was on the verge of a mutiny last year and from that team 4 players transferred out the door because he sold goods that he lied about .Now even though he had a successful year the Admin knew he was a time bomb ego tistical coach that was limited in his abilities plus not a basketball teacher plus his recruitment’s were poor in which he was not able to recruit in his own neck of the woods. I am soooooo Happy he got what he dished out . There is a lot more I can say that most of you dont know what he coached Bridge did too these kids to put them against each other lie sabotage Blackmail them so Im sooooo Happy .Now get a coach that can recruit home grown players and develop men and not coach like he is still putting together a CYO team at sister mary catherines 8th grade

    • Your family members transferred to a D2 school because they WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH. They didn’t average 10 points combined this year.

      Elvar and Martin were GOOD PLAYERS. And played because they were GOOD. Did not get special treatment and if you think that, you have no clue.

      Get a life and stop trying to destroy others. Administration is too stupid to know that your family was creating a false narrative. Anyone around the program knows what happened. And your family should be ashamed of itself.

      • THERE iS A GOD !!!! says:

        FUCK YOU HE DESTROYED HIMSELF AND MY FAMILY DIDNT TRANSFER TO D2 SCHOOLS MY FAMILY TRANSFERED TO D1 ASSHOLE (IONA).HE COULDNT COACH GOT BUMPED FIRST ROUND AND WAS ABOUT TO GET A HUGE LAWSUIT FOR PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ABUSE IN WHICH U SHOULD KNOW SINCE YOU WAS THERE PUNK ASS COACH !!! NOW THE PARTIES OVER GO GET A NEW JOB LOL

      • Now it makes even more sense.

        Your kid knows the real story. You have no idea.

        There was no physical abuse AT ALL. That’s a flat out lie. People close to you are known for that, you know. Lies.

        I am not a coach at all, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

  11. This is very well written and thought out. Good piece Nelson, I agree with it all. This news ruined my fu**in day.

  12. Bruce Brickman says:

    Just don’t believe it Really shakin up Nel Not sure what the rationale is after having a very well coached team and winning 20 games Our family loves Jack Perri He gave Jason an opportunity and we owe him everything Just am shocked God bless

  13. Michael Hernandez'71 says:

    WHOA????!!!! How did this happen!!?? Why did this happen??!! What are these people thinking!!?? Perri is an excellent young coach—smart, unflappable, personable, and a good recruiter! It seemed the kids liked playing for him. They played hard. More importantly, you could see the development and improvement of players under his tutelage. As Paul Biacardi said, “winning 20 games at LIU is hard; it’s like winning 30 games some place else”. He was here for twelve years!! He rebuilt the program and knew the NEC!!
    We’re not in the big time, big lights of college basketball. Those times are over and gone. We don’t have a big time basketball brand and don’t pack arenas like before when NYC was the mecca of college basketball. College basketball doesn’t revolve around NYC teams anymore. Tournaments may be played here but look at the teams coming in. Not one NYC team. Just a bunch of power five schools that are the only big athletic draw in their communities. Alumni pony up the big bucks for the programs and travel with the teams. They bring a lot of folks and spend a lot of money.
    We’re a commuter school, with many first generation college students whose main focus is getting their degree and a job after and NOT going to basketball games. They don’t have the luxury and time. They’ve got to go work and help pay for their education!!!

    I just cannot believe this.

    • This is a wonderful post. You hit the nail on the head. Anyone upset with this should contact administration and let their voice be heard. I would implore anyone to do so, as that’s the only way these people will understand that their terrible choices matter to people.

  14. LIU Admin should be ashamed of themselves. The Pres. and AD are bad people. Any coach interested in this job should consider himself warned.

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