LIU names Jack Perri coach

NEW YORK -- LIU Brooklyn has promoted assistant Jack Perri to replace Jim Ferry as head men's basketball coach.

Ferry, who led the Blackbirds to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, left Tuesday for Duquesne.

Perri was on the staff at LIU for seven seasons, the last five as associate head coach.

"Over the past seven years, I have grown to love the LIU community," Perri said in a statement released by the school. "I cannot put into words just how strongly I feel about this university and how proud I am to lead this team of talented student-athletes. The tradition of LIU Brooklyn basketball speaks for itself and I will work tirelessly to ensure that our program is of the highest caliber on the court, in the classroom and in the community."

The Blackbirds won the Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament titles the past two seasons. They went 25-9 this season, 16-2 in the conference, and lost to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

The Blackbirds ranked second in the country in scoring (81.4) and compiled the nation's second-longest active home winning streak (27 games). Julian Boyd, the NEC Player of the Year, and all-conference selections Jamal Olasewere and Jason Brickman return next season.

Perri was head coach at Division III Rhode Island College in 2004-05, finishing with a 20-9 record.

"We are very fortunate to have someone on staff with such tremendous experience and success throughout his career," LIU athletic director John Suarez said in a statement released by the school. "I have complete faith that Jack will continue to bring the Blackbirds to new heights."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.