Kyle Perry is in his ninth year with the USC Upstate men's basketball program and first as head coach after Eddie Payne stepped down on Oct. 3, 2017. Perry was named the program's ninth head coach on Oct. 20, 2017.
Considered one of the top 30 assistant coaches ready to run his own program by CollegeInsider.com, Perry has played a major role in the success of the Spartan men’s basketball program, helping USC Upstate to its first-ever wins over the ACC and SEC with victories at Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State over back-to-back seasons. Postseason success has also become the norm for Perry and the Spartans, as USC Upstate has reached the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals three times, including a berth in the finals in 2014-15.
In addition, Perry was on the sidelines for all four of USC Upstate’s trips to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), reaching the second round in 2012-13 and 2014-15. Perry’s guidance and leadership also helped produce the top turnaround in the NCAA in 2011-12, as Upstate went from a 5-25 overall record in 2010-11 to a 21-13 record the following season.
Perry has also turned heads with his ability to consistently recruit and sign some of the top classes in the ASUN. Perry put together a dynamic 2010 class that featured 2010-11 ASUN Freshman of the Year Torrey Craig. Craig would go on to win ASUN Player of the Year honors in 2011-12 and finish his career as one of the top players in ASUN history, ranking fourth all-time in the league in scoring (2,128) and fifth in rebounding (944). Craig enters 2017-18 on the roster of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and would join Mike Gibson as the only players in school history to play in an NBA game.
Not to be outdone in 2011, Perry recruited Ty Greene from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tenn., who would average 11.4 points per game and add a team-high 80 assists on his way to winning the program’s second consecutive ASUN Freshman of the Year award in 2011-12. Greene developed into one of the top players in program and league history and culminated his senior season as the 2014-15 ASUN Player of the Year and the Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year. Greene was drafted in 2015 by the Delaware 87ers in the third round of the NBA G-League Draft.
Craig (2011-14) and Greene (2014-15) are two of three ASUN First Team All-Conference players that Perry has coached during his tenure at USC Upstate along with Michael Buchanan (2016-17). Craig is also one of only nine ASUN players all-time to earn three First Team All-Conference honors in his career.
Prior to coming to Upstate, Perry spent two seasons as an assistant coach at South Carolina State under head coach Tim Carter. Perry’s responsibilities included recruiting, scheduling, scouting and on-the-floor coaching. He was an instrumental force in helping land some of South Carolina State’s top recruits in his two years in Orangeburg.
After the Bulldogs went 13-20 during Perry’s first year, he helped the team become one of the best in the MEAC in 2008-09, as they went 17-13 overall and finished second in the league with a 10-6 record.
Perry spent the 2006-07 season at the College of Charleston, serving as director of basketball operations under his college coach, Bobby Cremins. Perry was a part of a Cougar program that made the 2007 Southern Conference Championship. He recruited Andrew Goudelock, who was the 4A Player of the Year in Georgia at Stone Mountain High School. Goudelock finished his career as Charleston’s career leader in points and ranks third in SoCon history with 2,571. Goudelock also finished his career as Charleston’s all-time leader in career three-pointers made, with 396.
Goudelock reached double figures in 126 of his 140 games, reaching the 20-point plateau 46 times and surpassing 30 points eight times. He also earned a spot on the NABC and USBWA All-District teams at the conclusion of his senior season. Goudelock was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 46th overall pick.
Before making his way to the Palmetto State, Perry spent four seasons as an assistant at Carson-Newman College under head coach Dale Clayton and was promoted to associate head coach for the 2005-06 season.
Perry began his career as a graduate assistant under Jeff Lebo at Tennessee Tech during the 2001-02 season. The Golden Eagles finished the season 27-7, won the Ohio Valley Conference and made an appearance in the NIT.
Perry was a walk-on at Georgia Tech under Cremins, eventually earning three letters and helping the Yellow Jackets make two appearances in the NIT, while appearing in 19 career games. At Georgia Tech, Perry was a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree as well as a Hope Scholarship recipient from 1997-2001.
Perry earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia Tech in 2001 and his master’s degree in education administration in 2002 from Tennessee Tech. Perry, originally from Gallatin, Tenn., resides in Spartanburg with his wife Kristen, and sons, Kolton and Kam.