Brian Perkins, a two-time Dad Vail champion rower, was named the head coach of Temple Men's Crew in June of 2016. He was promoted following the retirement of legendary coach, Dr. Gavin White. Perkins previously spent seven seasons as the assistant coach and principal recruiter for his alma mater.
Since taking over the head job at Temple, Perkins has brought the Owls more Philadelphia, national, and international recognition. In his most recent season, the 2018 Owls swept the Dad Vail Regatta -- winning the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and freshman eight races. The varsity eight won the famed event in stunning fashion -- recording a Dad Vail Record time of 5:34.409. That heavyweight eight crew also brought Temple back to the banks of the River Thames, as Temple competed in the 2018 Henley Royal Regatta, making the trip for the first time since 1994.
Perkins helped to lead the Owls to a bronze medal in the heavyweight eight at the Dad Vail Regatta in 2016, and as head coach, has also seen his crews win the San Diego Crew Classic and earn multiple trips to the IRA National Championships.
In his return as an assistant coach, Perkins' crews have done well with his Freshman 4+ winning gold at the 2010 Dad Vail Regatta and his Varsity Lightweight 4+ taking the silver medal at the 2011 Dad Vail Regatta. The 2012 Freshman 4+ went undefeated and also won the Dad Vails.
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 South Philadelphia, Perkins started his rowing career at nearby St. Joseph’s Prep (‘88). 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 just minutes from the river in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood.