Dwight Perry joined the Furman men's basketball staff in July of 2014.
Perry, a native of Durham, N.C., served as a graduate assistant under Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart for two seasons before being named as the Rams’ video coordinator for the 2013-14 campaign. During his three-year stint in Richmond, Va., the Rams posted an 82-26 record and made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including appearances in the round of 32 in both of Perry’s seasons as a graduate assistant.
“Dwight is a rising star in the profession,” said former Furman head coach Niko Medved. “He has played and worked for some of the elite programs and coaches in the country. Dwight has a magnetic personality and will do a great job recruiting, coaching, and connecting with our players and the community.”
In his first season with the Paladins, Furman advanced to the Southern Conference Tournament finals for the first time in more than a decade. The Paladins downed No. 2 Seed Chattanooga and No. 3 seed Mercer en route to a berth in the tournament championship game. Guard Stephen Croone captured All-SoCon and NABC All-District accolades, while guard Devin Sibley was named SoCon Freshman of the Year.
The following season, the Paladins posted a 19-16 overall record, finished third in the SoCon with an 11-7 league mark and captured their first postseason victory in 40 years by downing Louisiana Monroe in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Furman set a school record with 14 home victories, including 11 in a row. Senior guard Stephen Croone garnered consensus SoCon Player of the year honors and first team All-SoCon accolades.
In 2016-17, Furman earned a share of the Southern Conference regular season title, posted a 23-12 record and Sibley captured Furman's second straight SoCon Player of the Year scroll. Perry helped the Paladins advance to the semifinal round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Last season, the Paladins went 23-10 with a school-record 22 regular season victories.
A 2010 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Perry played three seasons for the Wildcats and earned a degree in business management. He served as an intern with Stanford’s men’s basketball program for two years before joining VCU, where he earned a masters degree in sport leadership in May of 2013.
Perry married the former Brittany Gee in August of 2016.