There are certain inexplicable intangibles that student-athletes possess that make them resilient, buoyant, and a magnet for historic victories.
Brittnee Perry, a former student-athlete, has proven to be no exception. Perry’s magnet for historic victories has put her in elite company as the Inaugural Women’s Basketball Head Coach for the Bryant and Stratton Bobcats. At just 25 years of age, she will begin her tenure as the Women’s Head Coach this fall 2019.
“I am very excited to say that I am the first Women’s Basketball Head Coach, and the first African American woman at that, for this school” said Coach Perry when asked how she felt in regard to her historic opportunity. “I just want to keep evolving as a person and continue to help evolve the sport. I want to keep pushing the culture forward in the evolution of Women’s Basketball.”
A product of Hutch Tech High School, Perry started her College playing career at Medaille College. She then went on to Buffalo State College to complete her playing career, totaling over 1,000 points and snatching over 500 rebounds in her 4 years of collegiate basketball. She expects her coaching style and philosophy to mirror her experiences as a player and her exposure to high performing college coaches whom she’s had the pleasure of being coached by.
“I have great knowledge of the game. I’ll be able to share with players that, you know, listen, I’ve been here before and I know how to respond in certain situations. I’m very coachable and my hopes and expectations are that my players will be the same way.”
After her collegiate career, Perry set her sights on playing professionally. She traveled to Cologne, Germany where she participated in an exposure camp for aspiring professionals. It was her connections through her former head coach, Rachelle Matthys, who was also a top perform for the University at Buffalo Women’s Basketball team and former professional who currently works as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Canisius College, that she was able to participate in the exposure camp, where she did exceedingly well.
Upon arriving home, Coach Perry found out that she was pregnant with her daughter Justice. She had offers to play professionally, but they were not lucrative enough for her to support her family at the time. Coach Perry stayed home in the U.S. and stayed connected with the basketball community locally where she began helping out the Junior Varsity Girls basketball program at Cardinal O’Hara.
In 2017, Perry finished her Bachelor’s Degree at Buffalo State College in Health and Wellness. She then went on to volunteer her coaching services with the Buffalo State College Women’s Basketball team during the 2017-2018 season. Last season, Perry essentially was an unofficial Assistant Coach with the Bryant and Stratton Men’s Basketball team as she helped conduct practices and prepared for games. When she got wind of the opportunity with the Women’s program, she jumped right on it.
Coach Perry attributes her success to her mentors such as Cecelie Owens, a pillar in the basketball community and has no plans on being content in her new role. “I am excited! I want to make nationals just like the men’s team was able to do, if not further.”
Coach Perry is adamantly recruiting her inaugural class. Recently, she held a successful talent showcase that included players and students who were high school seniors, junior college students and attendees from as far as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and New Jersey. Over 30 attendees showed great interest in playing for Coach Perry. Coach Perry would also like to make note that there is room on her roster for student-athletes looking to participate in collegiate athletics this fall. “It’s never too late at Bryant and Stratton College. International students, high school graduates, junior college students, and students who just have eligibility left and want to complete their degree while competing.”
Show your support and stand behind Head Coach Brittnee Perry as the City of Buffalo does with all of it’s athletic standouts. You can access the Bobcats Schedule for this fall at http://buffalo.bscbobcats.com/sports/wbkb/index