February 7, 2013

John Perry Resigns as Head Football Coach

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Head football coach John Perry has resigned after five seasons at Merrimack. The Andover native will be named an assistant coach at the University of Delaware.

"I'd like to thank John for his dedication to the football program during his five seasons at Merrimack," said Interim Director of Athletics Dean O'Keefe. "He made a positive impact not only on our football student-athletes but also on the entire campus. We will begin a national search immediately and look forward to introducing a new head coach to build on our history of success and lead Merrimack next season and beyond."

Perry's up-tempo, high-scoring offense was tops in the league for five straight seasons, as Merrimack won the 2009 Northeast-10 Championship, its first-ever league title. Perry has taken the program to new heights, as linebacker Shawn Loiseau became the first Warrior to sign an NFL contract with Houston and later Indianapolis.

Leading Merrimack to a 29-21 record in five seasons, Merrimack has produced six All-Americans under Perry, including the 2012 Northeast-10 Most Valuable Player Isaiah Voegeli.

In 2012, the Warriors finished 6-4 overall, 4-4 in conference and in fifth place in the league, led by Voegeli and the NE-10 Offensive Player of the Year Joe Clancy.

A 1992 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Perry coached at Brown, Dartmouth, Northeastern, Georgetown, New Hampshire and Hofstra prior to coming to Merrimack on December 28, 2007.

Merrimack will begin a national search for a replacement immediately.