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…]

Joel Hernandez to have surgery on his right thumb – Out Indefinitely

LIU Brooklyn’s worst fears have been confirmed.

Tuesday night, LIU senior guard and co-captain Joel Hernandez announced on his Instagram account that he will need to have surgery to repair the damage done by the dislocation he suffered late in LIU’s season opening win against John Jay Friday night. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn gets first 2017 verbal commit in Shyheim Hicks

Commonwealth Academy's guard

Commonwealth Academy’s guard Shyheim Hicks is LIU Brooklyn’s first 2017 verbal commit. (Photo:, Shyheim Hicks)

LIU Brooklyn received some nice news over the weekend. The Blackbirds landed their first 2017 commit in guard Shyheim Hicks.

Hicks is a 6’2” combo guard out of Commonwealth Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts. He gave his verbal commitment to LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff on Saturday and put out this tweet: [Read more…]

Perri hires Tobe Carberry and Greg Van Pelt to join his coaching staff

Tobe Carberry (L) and Greg Van Pelt (R) are the two new additions to Jack Perri's coaching staff. (Photos:

Tobe Carberry (L) and Greg Van Pelt (R) are the two new additions to Jack Perri’s coaching staff. (Photos:

It took a while this summer but LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri finally has finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming 2016-17 college basketball season.

Perri has hired Tobe Carberry as an assistant coach and Greg Van Pelt as the new Director of Basketball Operations. An official announcement from LIU Brooklyn is expected soon.

Tobe Carberry was hired last month by Perri to be the new assistant coach on his staff, replacing the departed Charles Bridge. Carberry comes to LIU from Central Connecticut where he was on former CCSU head coach Howie Dickenman coaching staff the last season as an assistant coach.

Carberry also was an assistant coach at the University of New Haven from 2010 to 2014 and an assistant coach at Southern Connecticut State from 2008 to 2010. He played four seasons at Vermont from 1996 to 2000 where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in his collegiate career. reported on the Carberry addition this past weekend.

Carberry isn’t the only new addition to Jack Perri staff. Joining the coaching staff this season is Greg Van Pelt who replaces Alvin Vivican as LIU’s Director of Basketball Operations. first reported this move back on August 29th. Van Pelt comes to LIU after spending last season as an assistant coach at Division III Montclair State University. Prior to his time at Montclair State, he was an assistant coach at Susquehanna University (Division III) from 2013 to 2015 and was a graduate assistant coach at East Stroudsburg (Division II) from 2011 to 2013.

Jack Perri will enter into his fifth season as the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball head coach and twelfth season overall in Downtown Brooklyn. Assistant coaches Jim Mack and Kenyon Spears return to the LIU coaching staff in 2016-17. Mack enters into his third season at LIU while Spears enters into his second season.

LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball begins their 2016-17 season at home against Division III John Jay College on Friday, November 11th.

LIU Brooklyn gets late addition in point guard Jashaun Agosto

LIU Brooklyn got a late addition in landing point guard Jashaun Agosto out of Seattle, WA. (Photo: Jashaun Agosto/Twitter)

LIU Brooklyn got a late addition in landing point guard Jashaun Agosto out of Seattle, WA. (Photo: Jashaun Agosto/Twitter)

Well, that was fast.

Last week, we learned that All-NEC first teamer Martin Hermannsson was taking his talents back to Europe and signed with a professional club in France. Well, LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff went to working quickly on getting another player onto the 2016-17 roster and they did just that.

This afternoon, LIU Brooklyn landed 2016 point guard Jashaun Agosto out of Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. He announced his commitment on his Twitter page. [Read more…]

Martin Hermannsson signs to play pro ball in France, forgoes final two years of eligibility


Martin Hermannsson is forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility at LIU Brooklyn to play professionally in France in 2016-17. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

And then, there were none. The last of the two Icelandic guards who arrived at LIU Brooklyn two seasons ago has departed.

Today, it was officially announced that guard Martin Hermannsson, who had completed his sophomore year at LIU this past season, has officially signed a deal to play professional basketball in France next season with French club Etoile de Charleville-Mézières Ardennes Basket, who play in the French Basketball Pro B, France’s second division league. [Read more…]