Jason Perry, who spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Oakland University following a professional soccer career, was named a men’s soccer assistant coach at Butler University in 2012. He’s active in facets of Butler’s team operations, including recruiting, training, game management, scouting, travel and summer camps.
A former standout player and 2003 graduate of Oakland, Perry helped the Golden Grizzlies to a pair of Summit League titles and a trip to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship during his three seasons as a coach for his alma mater. He worked with the team’s forwards and defensive players, and both groups turned in positive results. In 2009, Oakland led the Summit League with just 13 goals allowed, and the Golden Grizzlies tied for the league lead in shutouts in 2010. Offensively, Oakland led the Summit League in shots in 2010.
In addition to his duties with the Golden Grizzlies, Perry also served as a head coach for the Bloomfield Force FC in the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program. He further served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Development Academy.
Perry joined the staff at Oakland following a two-year stint as Executive Director, Director of Coach and Player Development with the Flower City Soccer League in Rochester, N.Y. In his position with the league, he managed an average of 500-600 inner city youth dispersed over 48 teams with 35-45 coaches. He organized indoor and outdoor tournaments and participated in training sessions. He also assisted in the development of the Flower City Academy, a program where local college students and former professionals volunteer an academic tutoring service for FCSL participants.
The Butler assistant coach had a professional career with three different teams, 2004-07. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2004 Major League Soccer Super Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he spent 2004-05 with the team. He then played one season with the Syracuse Salty Dogs of the United Soccer League First Division, before joining the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the USL-1, where he spent two seasons. During his time at Rochester, he was a two-time recipient of the Iacovangelo Community Service Award Player of the Year and a three-time USL-1 Team of the Week selection.
Perry was a three-time All-Summit League performer at Oakland. He earned All-Region honors and was named a third team All-American in 2003. A three-year team captain, Perry became the first Oakland player to be named Summit League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, and he later became the first Oakland player to be drafted by a professional soccer organization.
He earned Oakland’s Lepley Senior Scholar Athlete Award and received his B.A. degree in communications.