Thursday, January 15, 2015

Beaty confirms completion of staff by announcing Kenny Perry hiring


Kansas University football coach David Beaty on Thursday officially announced the hiring of defensive backs coach Kenny Perry, who becomes the last full-time assistant coach to join Beaty’s staff.

Perry, whom sources told The Journal-World on Wednesday was leaving TCU to come to Kansas, also will serve as the Jayhawks’ co-defensive coordinator.

Perry comes to KU with serious recruiting ties in the state of Texas, where he spent 13 seasons as a head coach at three different high schools. Several sources in the college football coaching community have said that Perry was among the best hires Beaty made on his first staff, and the first-year KU coach appears to agree.

“Coach Perry is a huge key for us not only from a coaching perspective, but from a recruiting perspective as well,” Beaty said in a news release confirming the hire. “He is a well-respected former Texas high school football coach who was instrumental in the development of the North Texas High School Coaches Association.

“(He) is the definition of relationships and development. His ability to connect with kids and get them to reach new heights in their careers is what has set him apart as one of the finest coaches in our profession. Yes, he is a dear friend, but make no mistake, he is here because he is very talented and can help us build something we can all be proud of here at Kansas. I’m fired up to be coaching alongside him and all of our staff.”


Rob Likens (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)

Clint Bowen (defensive coordinator/defensive backs)

Zach Yenser (offensive line)

Kenny Perry (defensive backs/co-defensive coordinator)

Calvin Thibodeaux (defensive line)

Klint Kubiak (wide receivers)

Gary Hyman (special teams/tight ends)

Reggie Mitchell (running backs/recruiting coordinator)

Kevin Kane (linebackers)

Je’Ney Jackson (director of strength and conditioning)


Waylon Cook 7 years, 4 months ago

Impressive staff. If you followed the hires of these guys their schools were actually sad to see them go. Calvin was at Tulsa and during their search for a new coach several people were hoping he was retained. These guys are nothing like the staffs from the last two umm underwhelming hires we had. These guys seem driven(I know big Charlie was full of energy) and out to prove something.

Won't be a laughingstock for long folks. I wasn't over enthused about Beaty hire but then at his presser the guy actually sounded like he wanted to be HERE at KU. Glad the last 5 year are over and time to move forward. Its been proven KU CAN be a winner and hopefully the more we win the more our coaches are compensated so they don't want to bolt.

Sounds like Perry is already getting in the door recruiting and just started!

Robert Brock 7 years, 4 months ago

Call us UTL: The University of Texas at Lawrence...

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 4 months ago

These guys have quite the nomadic lifestyle. You gotta love football to live like this.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

I hadn't noticed before, but "Coach Perry ... was instrumental in the development of the North Texas High School Coaches Association."

Nice that he is "a good recruiter", but the fact that he was "was instrumental in the development of the North Texas High School Coaches Association" would indicate that he is definitely connected with Texas HS coaches. That is good.

Steve Corder 7 years, 4 months ago

I can't help but wonder what is the "pull" for Perry to leave TCU and his "home ground" for KU.

Jonathan Briles 7 years, 4 months ago

I think he left because he is now a co-defensive coordinator and thats a nice step up in title from just a position coach and apparently Beaty and Perry are close friends. Nice raise, better job title, and a chance to work with a friend. Not bad incentives at all.

Jim Stauffer 7 years, 4 months ago

Gary Patterson is still young. No need for a man Perry's age to zero in on replacing him. He needs to move on and build his own career and get his own HC gig.

Some of the guys on this staff will end their careers as assistant coaches, but some will move up the ladder to become HC. Perry is likely one of those.

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