John Perin was named the Panthers’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the beginning of January 2017. The former Morehead State special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach brings eight years of college coaching experience with stops at the FBS, FCS, and Division three levels.
Perin spent two seasons at Morehead State where the defense and special teams both saw major improvements. Perin helped engineer the second largest improvement in scoring defense (43.6 to 25.3) across all of Division one during the 2015 season. The defense finished sixth in the county in interceptions with SR Corner Justin Greer leading all individuals in FCS with nine interceptions. Greer went on to be named a unanimous first-team all-conference corner and was also named an AP All-American.
The kick coverage units and kickoff return unit made significant improvements during the 2015 season. When Trevor Jones returned a punt for a touchdown during the 2016 season it marked the first time since the 2007 season a punt was returned for a touchdown. In the two years Perin was the special teams coordinator, four players were named to the all-conference team including first-team selection long snapper Jakey Dunagan and two time selection Pat DiSalvio at punter.
He served as a graduate assistant coaching the cornerbacks at Eastern Michigan in 2014. Perin was in charge of all pass-game related information on the scouting reports and coached the corners. He helped mentor Kevin Johnson, who totaled 97 tackles and made two interceptions.
Perin spent the 2013 season at Capital, where he was defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Defensive back Anthony Cicione was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference.
From 2010-12, Perin served as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Centre. The Colonels led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association in scoring and total defense in 2010, while the punt team led the nation in net yardage in 2010 and 2012 and finished second nationally in 2011.
In 2011, Perin helped the Colonels to their first-ever appearance and victory in the Division III playoffs, and Centre finished the 2011 season ranked 16th in the D3Football.com and American Football Coaches Association Top 25 polls. He coached seven all-conference honorees during his tenure.
He began his coaching career at Muskingum in 2009, serving as a graduate assistant cornerbacks coach.
Perin started his collegiate playing career as a redshirt at Miami in 2003. The RedHawks won the Mid-American Conference title and claimed a victory in the GMAC Bowl. Miami finished as the No. 10 team in the country in the final Associated Press top-25 poll.
Perin transferred to Centre and was a four-year starter. He was named All-SCAC in 2007 as a defensive back.
A native of Cincinnati, OH, Perin earned his bachelor’s degree in financial economics from Centre in 2008.
Perin is married to the former Megan Berry of Bardstown, KY.