CAA: Georgia State Coach Michael Perry Dumped

By David Scott - March 04, 2007

RICHMOND - After an 11-20 season (5-13 in the CAA) and a quarterfinals exit from the conference tournament, Georgia State has fired head coach Michael Perry, after four and half seasons with the Panthers.

Perry took over for the retired Lefty Dreisell in the 2002-03 season and had one winning campaign (20-9 in 2003-04) and finished with an overall record of 62-75. The Panthers lost to VCU on Saturday afternoon, 73-60.

"We are grateful for what Michael Perry has done for Georgia State during his tenure as an assistant and head coach and we wish him and his staff well," said Georgia State AD Mary McElroy in a statement. "However, consistent with our Athletic Association Strategic Plan, we want to see our men's basketball program develop into one of the top teams in the CAA and compete for post-season opportunities. Accordingly, we will seek a new coach to achieve that goal."

Perry had two years remaining on his contract, which the school said it will honor. Georgia State assistants included Drew Catlett (nephew of former West Virginia coach, Gale Catlett), Mark Macon (former Temple star) and Mark Dannhoff. Perry was renewed in the spring of 2005 through 2009.

McElroy announced that the school will use Parker Executive Search in their pursuit of a new coach.

No word yet on possible replacements but you can expect some of the hot young CAA assistant coaches to be in the mix.

Posted by David Scott at 08:36 PM on March 04, 2007

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