Perry Named AWN's Assistant Coach of the Year
April 2, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Amateur Wrestling News announced their post season awards today as Illinois assistant coach Mark Perry was named the 2013 Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. This is the first time Perry has earned the award.
"I'm really happy that Mark was rewarded for his contributions to the Illinois program," head coach Jim Heffernan said. "Mark has worked extremely hard in the time he has been here to help us reach our goal of becoming a championship level program. In addition, I think our team should feel very good about their success as well in helping Mark achieve this award. It is great recognition and a well deserved honor for Mark."
In his second year at Illinois, Perry was an integral part in sophomore Jesse Delgado winning the NCAA title as Delgado followed him to Champaign from Cal Poly. Delgado's title is the first ever national championship at that weight in Illinois history. Since Perry has been at Illinois, they've finished in the top-10 in the nation in back-to-back years as the squad finished ninth this season with 45.50 points.
The Illini crowned three-All-Americans including senior Conrad Polz (165) who placed fifth and senior Jordan Blanton finishing seventh (174). The Orange and Blue have had All-Americans for the last 21 years, dating back until 1993.