Shannon Perry joined the UCLA women's basketball coaching staff in May of 2011. She is in her fifth season as an assistant coach to UCLA Head Coach Cori Close. She returns to Los Angeles after coaching at Duke for five seasons (2004-09). Perry was also an assistant at USC from 2000-04 and Iowa from 1999-2000.
At Duke, she helped bring in the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation in 2005, which included National High School Player of the Year Abby Waner. She also helped recruit the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation in 2007 with WBCA All-Americans Jasmine Thomas, Krystal Thomas and Karima Christmas, as well as the No. 5 class in 2008. Her duties on the Duke coaching staff included recruiting, practice instruction, scouting and coaching guards. Perry coached five All-Americans at Duke, including future WNBA players Waner, Lindsey Harding, Alison Bales, Monique Currie, and Chante Black. She coached in the NCAA Tournament all five years at Duke, with the Blue Devils advancing to the Championship game in 2006.
While at USC, Perry's responsibilities were national recruiting, practice instruction and academic liaison. She helped USC sign a Top 10 recruiting class in 2004. At Iowa, she was involved with daily practice instruction, coaching the post players, scouting, recruiting and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes.
Perry graduated in 1998 from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and communication studies, where she graduated with honors. She was a four-year letterwinner at Iowa from 1995-98 and was regarded as the team's leading defensive player throughout that time. She led the Hawkeyes to the 1997 Big Ten Tournament title and 1996 and 1998 regular season titles. Additionally, she was a three-time All-Big Ten Academic selection and received the 1998 Robin Roberts/WBCA Sports Communication Scholarship award and the 1998 NCAA Women's Enhancement Post-Graduate Scholarship award.
A Southern California native, Perry played basketball and volleyball at Cerritos High School.
What They're Saying:
Gail Goestenkors, former Duke head coach and current University of Texas head women's basketball coach
"Shannon is a wonderful addition to the UCLA family. She is not only an excellent recruiter, but she has tremendous knowledge of the game. I have no doubt she will help land some of the best players in the country and help develop them to their fullest potential. Shannon is an incredibly warm and caring person who runs her life with great class and integrity, and she will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the UCLA program and community."
Krystal Thomas, former Duke and WNBA player
"Shannon will be an excellent fit for UCLA Women's Basketball. On the court, she is an excellent communicator. She uses her years of coaching and playing experience to relate to her players and the coaching staff. Her knowledge of both the guard and post positions makes her versatile on the staff. Off the court, Shannon has the amazing ability of impacting others. Her positive spirit and motivating nature are contagious. She is a perfect addition to the UCLA women's basketball staff."