SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Bryant University's head football coach announced Monday he's stepping down to fill the head coaching job at his alma mater, Brown University.
In his two seasons at Bryant, Perry led the Bulldogs to back-to-back winning records, going 12-10 overall.
"I would like to thank all the people at Bryant University for their support during my time as head football coach," Perry said in a statement. "I will be forever grateful to Athletic Director Bill Smith and President Machtley for giving me this opportunity. Their commitment to football at Bryant is unparalleled."
The 2000 Brown graduate returns to a program that he as a quarterback led to an Ivy League title his senior year.
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He replaces his former coach, Phil Estes, who resigned last month after 21 years at the helm for Brown. Perry previously served as the quarterbacks coach under Estes for three seasons.
The Bears have struggled as of late, going winless in the Ivy League over the past two seasons, but they hope the former Ivy League Player of the Year can lead them back to the top.
Perry will be formally introduced as Brown's new head coach at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pizzatola Center.
Bryant officials said the search for Perry's replacement will begin immediately.