Assistant Coach
Height: 6'1"
Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark.
High School: Northside HS
Experience: 1st Year


The Rodney Perry File

Alma Mater: Missouri State, 1994
Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark.
Children: Darris and Devrin

Position: Assistant Coach

Fun fact: Brother (Fred) played professional football in the Canadian Football League

Coaching Career

Kansas City: 2019-present (assistant)

Summit Christian Academy High School (Oklahoma): 2018-19 (head coach - 1 season)

Oral Roberts University: 2016-18 (associate head coach - 2 seasons)

Avila University: 2010-16 (head coach - 6 seasons; 81-96 overall record)

Western Illinois University: 2007-08 (assistant coach - 1 season)

Miller High School: 2006-07 (head coach - 1 season)

Duquesne University: 2005-06 (assistant coach - 1 season)

Duquesne University: 2003-05 (coordinator of basketball operations - 2 seasons)

Southwest Baptist University: 2002-03 (assistant coach - 1 season)

Missouri High Schools: 1994-2002 (assistant coach / head coach)

Rodney Perry was hired to join Billy Donlon's staff in June, 2019. He will be in his first year as an assistant coach of the Kansas City men's basketball program. His Kansas City coaching roots are deep and his mentorship has developed current NBA players, such as Alec Burks of the Utah Jazz, Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks.

Perry brings with him over 25 years of head coaching duties at the collegiate, high school and camp levels. Most recently, he was the associate head coach at Oral Roberts University for two years (2016-18) and the head boy’s coach at Summit Christian Academy (High School) in Oklahoma during 2018-19. At Summit Christian, he won the first conference championship in school history.

At Oral Roberts, Perry began under Scott Sutton’s staff and finished with Paul Mills. He helped the Golden Eagles lead the Summit League in rebounding margin in league games the last two years. In 2018-19, ORU big men Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Kevin Obanor were both named to the All-Summit League second team, while Obanor picked up Freshman of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and All-Newcomer Team honors as well.

For six seasons from 2010-16, Perry was the head coach at Avila University (Mo.), where he compiled three winning seasons. Included in his tenure was a school-record 20-11 mark during the 2015-16 campaign. Overall, he won 81 contests at the NAIA institution in suburban Kansas City.

Prior to Avila, he coached at the Division I level at Duquesne University and Western Illinois University and at the Division II level at Southwest Baptist University.

Perry played two years at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith before transferring to Missouri State University, where he helped the Bears to a pair of postseason appearances. In 1992, he was part of Charlie Spoonhour's 23-8 NCAA Tournament team. In his senior season in 1993, he served as co-captain for an MSU squad that posted a 20-11 mark and advanced to the quarterfinal of the National Invitational Tournament under Mark Bernsen.

Leading the team in steals in each of his two seasons at Missouri State, Perry was named to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) All-Tournament team after helping lead the school to its first - and only - postseason conference tournament title in 1992. Perry was also a two-time member of the MVC All-Defensive Team.

He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education at Missouri State in 1994. That same year, his coaching career took off as an assistant in the Missouri high school system. He coached at Willard High School and Springfield Central High School before landing the head coaching position at Purdy High School in 2001-02. Perry led Purdy to its best record in 10 years before accepting an assistant's job at Southwest Baptist in 2002.

In 1994, Perry started the Springfield Rockets AAU program and was named national AAU Coach of the Year after leading the team to the 1995 AAU national championship. In 10 years under Perry, the Rockets turned out 26 players who went on to compete at the collegiate level, including Anthony Moore who led Evangel University to the 2002 NAIA Division II national championship.

The Fort Smith, Ark., native coached for the USA Men’s West Team at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge and at the 2015 Nike Global Challenge.

On the camp circuit, Perry has served USA Basketball as a court coach at the 2019 USA Men’s U19 National Team training camp. He also previously was a court coach at the 2018 USA Men's Junior National Team October Minicamp and at the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp.

Perry resides in Raymore, Mo., and has two sons Darris (23) and Devrin (15).

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