James Perry, the quarterback who led Brown to the 1999 Ivy League football championship, is the new head coach at his alma mater. He succeeds his old coach Phil Estes, who resigned last month after 21 seasons as head coach of the Bears. Estes won three Ivy League titles but had a 7-23 record the last three seasons.
Perry is leaving Bryant University, his first head coaching position, after two 6-5 finishes in the Northeast Conference. Before Bryant he was the offensive coordinator at Princeton, where he installed a high-powered attack. The Tigers won the Ivy League championship twice with his offense and again this season.
Perry is the best quarterback in Brown football history. He set numerous school and 10 Ivy League records in his three years as a starter. In 1999 he was the Ivy League Player of the Year. He was on three other championship teams as quarterbacks coach with Brown in 2008 and as offensive coordinator with Princeton in 2013 and 2016.
Brown plans to introduce Perry Tuesday at 3:30 at the Pizzitola Center.