SAN LUIS OBISPO – First-year Cal Poly men's basketball head coach John Smith completed his staff for the 2019-20 season on Monday with the announcement that Eric Perry has joined the Mustang program as director of basketball operations.
"We're very happy to complete our coaching staff with Eric. He's someone who understands the daily importance of the tasks that it takes to run a collegiate basketball program as he was a former head coach himself at his alma mater, Crossroads College in Minnesota," Smith said. "Eric has a wealth of experience at every level from skill development work with NBA players to high school. We're very fortunate to have him on our staff in such a vital role. He'll be the engine that keeps us moving as a staff and program from behind the scenes."
Perry arrives at Cal Poly having last served last served as a player development coach and operations manager with Chris Johnson Hoops – a private training firm. In his capacity, Perry assisted with the offseason training development of NBA players such as Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Jaylen Brown, Tony Snell and Joakim Noah, among others.
Since completing his playing career, Perry has enjoyed coaching stops at every level, including AAU with one of the strongest clubs on the West Coast, the Compton Magic. He has also coached at Crossroads College (Minn.), Riverland Community College (Minn.) and Norco (Calif.) HS. Additionally, Perry has coached and trained players in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia.
A 2012 graduate of Crossroads College, Perry helped the program to its first conference championship during his 2011-12 senior season. He earned his degree in business administration with a minor in sports management.
"I'm glad to complete my staff with someone as versatile and professional as Eric," Smith added. "His ability to seamlessly handle the administrative and operative aspects of our program are skills he's flourished with at his previous positions. He also possesses the attributes that we promote within this program, namely high character, morals and values."