Carl Perry
Carl Perry

Associate Head Coach

Eighth Season

Former Illini and NCAA champion Carl Perry is in his eighth year as a member of the Illinois wrestling staff. Perry, who was a four-year varsity starter for the Illini from 1996-2000, was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2009-10 campaign.

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.

He finished his Illinois career in the top 20 of career wins and career winning percentage with 98 victories and a .748 winning percentage. He also helped the 2000 Illini squad to the best dual winning percentage in school history (.933), as the team was 14-1 in duals that season.

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.