Mark  Perry
Mark Perry

Associate Head Coach


Perry Named AWN's Assistant Coach of the Year

Second year Illini assistant awarded post season honor


Eye on the Illini

Illinois lands No. 3 and No. 5 overall recruits


Illini Earn Six All-American Honors at University Nationals

Five wrestlers qualify for senior world team trials in August


Five Illini Advance to Quarters of University National

Two other Illini place third and fourth at World Trials


Rodrigues Wins Fila Junior National Championships

Illini Transfer Takes Title at 63 KG


Illinois vs. Kent State Dual

Photos from Illinois' dual with Kent State on Feb. 15, 2015.


Illinois vs. Nebraska Dual

Photos from Illinois' dual meet against Nebraska on Jan. 23, 2015


Illinois vs. Lehigh Dual

Photos from Illinois' dual meet with Lehigh on Nov. 29, 2014.


Big Ten Wrestling Championships Session 1

Session 1 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.


Big Ten Wrestling Championships Session 2

Session 2 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.

Mark Perry is in his fourth season on the Fighting Illini coaching staff after coming from Cal Poly, where he served as co-head coach in 2010-11 and as an assistant coach in 2009-10.

Perry won a pair of NCAA titles at Iowa, taking the crown at 165 pounds in 2007 and 2008. He was a four-time All-American from 2005-08 and won a Big Ten title in 2007. He helped lead the Hawkeyes to an NCAA team national title in 2008 and was a team captain from 2005-08.

A native of Stillwater, Okla., Perry was the 17th four-time All-American and 14th two-time national champion in NCAA history. He defeated Michigan's Eric Tannenbaum in the championship match in 2008 and took down two-time defending champion Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State in the 2007 finals. Perry also defeated Tannenbaum in the 2007 Big Ten championship match. Perry also won the Gorrarian Trophy after he pinned four opponents at the 2007 NCAA Championships.

He was named the NWCA Rookie of the Year in 2005 and the Iowa Athlete of the Year in 2007. Perry also was a four-time finalist at the Midlands Championships, winning two titles.

The former Hawkeye wrestler was an assistant coach at Penn State in 2008-09 before taking the position at Cal Poly in 2009. At Penn State, Perry helped a pair of wrestlers to freshman All-America honors and he has directed Mark Perry Wrestling Camps nationwide for the past four summers.

Perry earned his B.A. in art from Iowa in 2008. He was a two-time high school national champion at Blair Academy in New Jersey and a three-time Asics High School All-American while posting a 169-7 career record.

The Perry File
June 16, 1984
Education: B.S. in art (studio emphasis), University of Iowa, 2008

Coaching Experience
2010-11 Co-Head Coach - Cal Poly
2009-10 Assistant Coach - Cal Poly
2008-09 Assistant Coach - Penn State

Wrestling Experience
Two-time NCAA Champion (2007, 2008) - 165 pounds
Four-time NCAA All-American (2005-08)
NCAA Gorrarian Award for most falls in NCAA Championships - 2006
Big Ten Champion (2007) - 165 pounds
Four-time Big Ten Finalist (2005-08)
Two-time Midlands Championships Champion (2005, 2008) - 165 pounds
University of Iowa Athlete of the Year - 2007

Updated October 2014