May 1, 2009
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Jason Perry has been named Oakland University men's soccer assistant coach, announced by first-year head coach Eric Pogue on Friday. Perry is a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Grizzlies from 1999-2000 and '02-03, becoming the first-ever player to be drafted by a professional soccer organization after being taken in 2004.
"Jason will make a great addition to our staff," said Pogue. "He will bring youth and enthusiasm to our program. As a former standout player here at Oakland and professionally, Jason knows what it takes to be successful here and will be a key element to our continued success."
Perry comes to Oakland from the Flower City Soccer League in Rochester, N.Y. where he worked from 2007-09. There he managed a league that had 48 different teams with 500-600 inner city kids. Perry participated in training sessions and organized youth soccer indoor and outdoor tournaments. He also assisted in the development of the Flower City Academy, a program where local college students and former professionals volunteer a tutoring service to participants of FCSL in all academic subjects.
"I am honored to have come full circle and return to Oakland University," said Perry. "This is not only an excellent academic institution, but also the place that provided me so many opportunities to define myself as an athlete, as a student and as a leader. I am especially excited to work with Eric (Pogue) to maintain the fine reputation on and off the field that has been established by the soccer team, and its emergence as a top flight national program."
Prior to the Flower City Soccer League, Perry played professional soccer for the USL-1 Rochester Raging Rhinos in New York from 2005-07. There he was a two-time recipient of the Iacovangelo Community Service Award Player of the Year and three-time USL-1 Team of the Week selection. He also played for the Syracuse Salty Dogs of the USL-1 for one season and was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the third pick in the fifth round of the 2004 MLS Super Draft.
While at OU, Perry was named third team All-America in 2003, garnered all-region honors and was a three-time all-league selection. He was tabbed Summit League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, becoming the first-ever player to earn that distinction. Perry also served as team captain in his final three seasons.
"Having played for (Gary) Parsons, I understand the tradition and character that he has instilled in this program," said Perry. "I am just looking forward to continuing that tradition. I would like congratulate Gary on a phenomenal coaching career filled with commitment to the game and to the players of which he has worked."
A native of Southfield, Mich., Perry will join the coaching staff on June 1st and assume his duties as assistant coach. He will work with the midfield and defensive players, along with assisting with the day-to-day duties of the men's soccer program, primarily in areas of recruiting, scouting, team travel, compliance and camps.