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After helping turnaround a South Carolina State program that finished second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2008-09 during a two-year stay as an assistant coach, Kyle Perry is in his first year as an assistant coach to help lead the same kind of transformation with USC Upstate men's basketball team. Perry serves as Upstate's recruiting coordinator and in all aspects of the program, including scouting and floor coaching.
"Kyle Perry is an outstanding person," Payne said. "He has a lot of the things you look for in an assistant coach. He has great character and work ethic as well as the results. He's an exceptionally good recruiter and he has proven that on a number of different jobs including his last one at S.C. State."
Perry has a great deal of familiarity with the USC Upstate staff, having worked with coach Bill Burrows during basketball camps for former Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech and having become friends with the assistant coach he is replacing, Steve Smith, during his time as a recruiter in six of the last seven years.
Perry, 31, spent the last two seasons as an assistant men's basketball coach at South Carolina State under coach Tim Carter. Perry's responsibilities included recruiting, scheduling, scouting and on-the-floor coaching. He was an instrumental force in helping land some of S.C. State's top recruits in his two years in Orangeburg. In all, he helped coach three All-MEAC selections, two All-Freshman MEAC honorees, a MEAC Freshman of the Year and a MEAC Defensive Player of the Year during his time at S.C. State.
After the Bulldogs went 13-20 during Perry's first year, he helped the team become one of the best in the MEAC in 2008-09, as they went 17-13 overall and finished second in the league with a 10-6 record. The team had two all-conference selections and an all-freshman team honoree. Jason Johnson was named both the MEAC and the BoxtoRow.com/BASN Black College Division I Defensive Player of the Year.
Perry spent the 2006-07 season at the College of Charleston, serving as director of basketball operations under his college coach, Bobby Cremins. Perry was a part of a Cougars program that made the SoCon Championship. He recruited Andrew Goudelock who was the 4A Player of the Year in Georgia at Stone Mountain High School and was named to the CollegeInsider.com 2010 Lou Henson All-America team. He led the Cougars with 19.4 points per game as an all-conference and all-tournament selection. He is Charleston's all-time leading scorer in the Division I era and became just the third player in school history to score 1,000 points in two seasons.
Before making his way to the Palmetto State, Perry spent four seasons as an assistant at Carson-Newman College under coach Dale Clayton and was promoted to the associate head coach in the 2005-2006 season. In four seasons at the Division II, South Atlantic Conference school, Perry helped the team to a 59-52 record, two appearances in the SAC semifinals and five all-conference selections.
Perry began his career as a graduate assistant under Jeff Lebo at Tennessee Tech during the 2001-02 season. The Golden Eagles finished the season 27-7, won the Ohio Valley Conference, and made an appearance in the NIT.
Perry walked onto Georgia Tech under Cremins, eventually earning three letters and helping the Yellow Jackets make two appearances in the NIT while appearing in 19 career games. While at Georgia Tech, Perry was a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree as well as the Hope Scholarship recipient from 1997-2001.
Perry earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Georgia Tech in 2001 and his master's degree in Education Administration in 2002 from Tennessee Tech. Perry originally from Gallatin, Tenn., resides in Spartanburg, S.C., with his wife, Kristen Perry and son, Kolton.