New Head Hoops Coaches on Both Sides of Verrazano Bridge Rivalry; Perri Takes over LIU Men, Cermignano Wagner Women

With Jim Ferry headed west to take the reins at Duquesne, LIU Brooklyn athletic director John Suarez need not look long and hard for a replacement.

Not when there’s someone with the credentials of Jack Perri already filling an office in the on-campus Wellness, Recreation, and Athletic Center.

Perri has been Ferry’s No. 2 for seven years now and has held the associate head coach title for five.  The New Jersey native played a crucial role in the recruiting efforts that landed Texans Julian Boyd, Jason Brickman, and the likes.  He was also vital in player development and game strategy for the back-to-back NEC Champion Blackbirds.

Perri gives instructions from the bench during LIU’s NCAA Tournament Second Round game vs. Michigan State.


Not to mention, Perri has been a head coach before!  The 36-year old led D-III Rhode Island College to a 20-9 record during the 2004-05 season.

With Perri sliding up to the first sit on the LIU bench, it is safe to say that not much will change in terms of the program’s philosophy as the blackbirds aim at continuing the success they’ve been accustomed to in recent years.

Related Stories
Former RIC coach Jack Perri gets LIU-Brooklyn jobProvidence Journal (Corey Bourassa)

New coach Ferry: Duquesne opportunity ‘felt right’Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Jerry DiPaola)

Ferry eyes quick start in facing big challengePittsburgh Post-Gazette (Jenn Menendez)

LIU picks Perri to replace FerryYahoo! Sports (AP)

Duquesne names Jim Ferry new head coachYahoo! Sports (AP)

Duquesne names Ferry (Andy Katz)


Introductory Presser Set for April 11 on Grymes Hill
On the Staten Island side of the Verrazano Bridge, Wagner will officially welcome a new leader for its women’s basketball program.  Last week, the Seahawks announced that Lisa Cermignano, a former assistant at Illinois who carries 16 seasons of Division I experience, will succeed the retired Gela Mikalauskas as head coach.  On Wednesday, April 11, AD Walt Hameline will officially introduce the 1993 New Jersey High School Gatorade Player of the Year to the Wagner community.

Click here to watch the Cermignano Presser LIVE – Wednesday, April 11 at 12:00 pm

Related Stories
Wagner College introduces new women’s basketball coachStaten Island Advance


NEC Men’s Basketball Coaches/Brass Meet at Conference HQ
Fewer than 24 hours after announcing that Jack Perri would be elevated to head coach of LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball, AD John Suarez took the short trip down to New Jersey to sit in on the annual NEC Postseason Coaches’ meeting at league headquarters.  Suarez is Chair of the NEC Men’s Basketball Committee and therefore is invited to sit in on the discussion of the conference’s 12 head coaches.  In addition to three of the four youngest coaches in NCAA Division I (Andy Toole, Jamion Christian, Bashir Mason), there will be a number of other distinguished guests on hand.  NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee Chair Jeff Hathaway will be present to give an inside look at the selection process.


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