PHILADELPHIA - Brian Perkins
, a two-time Dad Vail champion rower under Temple University
men's crew coach Gavin White, returns to his alma mater as an assistant coach under White.
A 1993 cum laude graduate with dual degrees in history and political science, Perkins has built an extensive coaching resume since he left the Temple program. After a brief stint as Temple's novice men's coach in 1992, he was hired as the head varsity boys' coach at Harriton High School in 1993, where, after one season, he guided his lightweight 4 to the 1994 National Championship. He was the freshman coach at St. Joseph's Prep (1995), and then returned to Temple as a graduate assistant coach from 1995 through 98. Most recently he served nine years as the head coach/director of rowing at Upper Merion High School (1999-2009).
As a rower, Perkins was a four-year member of the Owls crew team (1988-92). Besides helping the Owls win two Dad Vail championships, he also was a two-time recipient of the Sean Brennan Memorial Dedication Award. He also earned the Gavin White Academic Award and served as the team captain as a senior in 1992
A native of Philadelphia, Perkins started his athletic career at nearby St. Joseph's Prep ('88), lettering all four years for the high school rowing power. At SJP, he served as team captain as a senior in 1988 and helped the Prep win the National Championship in 1988 as well as compete at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. He helped SJP win the 1987 Stotesbury Regatta as a junior.
Perkins, who earned a Master of Arts degree in History in 1998 from Temple as well as an Education degree from Saint Joseph's University in 1999, resides where he was born and raised in Grays Ferry neighborhood in South Philadelphia.