Former Merrimack College Football Head Coach John Perry Hired to Houston Texans Staff


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – John Perry, who spent five seasons as head coach of the Merrimack College football team, has been hired as the Tight End Coach of the Houston Texans (NFL) by first-year head coach Bill O'Brien, as announced by the organization Thursday.

Perry joins 15 other new hires as part of the new-look Texans' coaching staff, led by O'Brien, a longtime coaching colleague of Perry's. He arrives in Houston following five years (2008-12) in North Andover and, most recently, the fall of 2013 as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Delaware (Division I FCS).

"Obviously my family and I are so excited to be a part of the Houston Texans organization," Perry noted today. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Texans, and I know I've been very fortunate in my coaching journey to arrive here from where I started and I could not be more thankful and appreciative of every school I've been a part of along the way, especially Merrimack."

During Perry's five-year tenure with the Navy and Gold, he compiled a 29-21 overall record and helped produce six All-Americans and two Northeast-10 Conference Players of the Year.

He began his coaching career as running backs coach at Northeastern (1993) and later served as receivers coach at Brown (1994-96) with O'Brien, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at New Hampshire (1997-98), offensive coordinator at Dartmouth (1999-2004), associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at Georgetown (2005), and associate head coach and quarterbacks coach at New Hampshire (2007).

Perry's up-tempo, high-scoring offense was tops in the league for all five of his seasons on campus, as Merrimack won its first-ever Northeast-10 Championship in 2009. Perry elevated the program to new heights, guiding former All-American linebacker Shawn Loiseau to the NFL, becoming the first Merrimack alum to sign an NFL contract with Houston and later Indianapolis.


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