Rodney Perry
Head Coach


Rodney Perry enters his fifth season as the head coach for the Eagles Men's Basketball program.  After a strong start to the 2012-13 season, the Eagles reached their third straight HAAC conference tournament and featured two players who received All-HAAC honors.

The 2011-12 season was one for the history books as the Eagles broke several records including:

  • 11 HAAC Wins – Most in 8 years
  • 18 Total Wins – Most in 10 years
  • Fourth place finish in HAAC regular season play the highest finish in 8 years
  • First Back to Back HAAC tournament appearances since 2003 –‘04

Perry has an overall record of 40-49 and 24-39 in HAAC contests.

Coach Perry comes to the Avila Eagles with a fine reputation as a winner and teacher of the game. He graduated from Fort Smith Northside High School in Fort Smith, Ark., where he earned all-state and all-conference accolades.

He played two years at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith before transferring to Missouri State University where he helped the Bears to a pair of postseason appearances.  In 1992, he was part of Coach Charlie Spoonhour's 23-8 NCAA Tournament Team.  In 1993, he served as captain for a team that posted a 20-11 mark and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, and began his coaching career in 1994 as an assistant in the Missouri high school system.  

He coached at Willard High School and Springfield Central High School before jumping to the collegiate ranks.  He has coached Division I college basketball at Duquesne University under Danny Nee, Western Illinois University, and Southwest Baptist University.

Perry was named national AAU Coach of the Year after leading his team to the 1995 AAU National Championship.  He was also selected as a coach for the USA Men’s West Team competing at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C.  Coach Perry and his family reside in the Kansas City area.







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