He has been instrumental in the success of Illinois' wrestlers in the lightweights and middleweights over the past seven seasons, particularly with All-Americans Mike Poeta and Jimmy Kennedy.
A 2000 NCAA champion at 141 pounds, Perry wrapped up his career as a two-time All-American and a two-time team captain. As a four-time NCAA qualifier, he consistently ranked among the top 10 at 141 pounds nationwide. Perry also compiled a 13-6 career record at the NCAA Championships.
Perry earned his bachelor's degree in applied life studies in May 2001 with an emphasis in sport management.
He and his wife, Jamie, have a daughter, Breanna, and a son, Bryce. The family resides in Champaign.