Marty Perry enters his 5th season as the head coach of the Marlins and his 21st year of coaching college tennis. His coaching record while at Virginia Wesleyan stands at 50-42 with the men and 29-43 with the women. During his 16 years as a head coach his men’s teams are 198-152 while his women’s teams stand at 197-130.
In 2019 his men finished with a record of 15-5 earning their first ITA regional ranking in recent history. Perry was awarded Men’s ODAC Coach of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.
His men’s team men improved from a 5-17 record in 2017 to 13-8 in 2018. His women’s program also experienced major improvement during that span by going from a 2-15 record in 2017 to 13-9 in 2018. The men took 4th in the 2018 ODAC tournament, 4 spots ahead of their 8th place showing in 2017. In 2017 the women did not qualify for the tournament but reached the finals of the 2018 ODAC Championships.
In 2016 he led the VWU men's tennis team to its first perfect record in league play (10-0) in his first year at the helm of the Marlins, including defeating ODAC power Washington and Lee University for the first time in school history. He was named ODAC Coach of the Year for his efforts that season.
A three-time Division III National Coach of the Year, Perry comes to Virginia Wesleyan from Longwood University where he was the head coach of the men’s tennis program. He coached the Lancers to a six-win improvement in just his first year with the team.
Prior to that, Perry was the Head Men’s and Women’s Coach at Bridgewater College, leading the two programs to a combined record of 54-24 in his two season.
Perry has a wealth of head coaching experience, leading the men’s and women’s programs at Division I Colgate University as well as Division III power, University of Chicago. During his 8 seasons at Chicago, he coached a two-time NCAA Division III women’s doubles national championship team, a national finalist in singles and eight All-Americans. His women’s team made three consecutive trips to the national semifinals from 2009-2011. In his final year at Chicago his men finished the season #11 nationally while the women ended up at #4. His players also captured 3 ITA Small College National titles, two in doubles and one in singles.
His recruiting is unparalleled as Perry had the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis recruiting class in 2008 and the No. 3 class on the men’s side in 2010 according to tennisrecruiting.net. His first men’s recruiting class at the University of Chicago turned a 7-16 team into an 18-9 program making its first NCAA tournament appearance in program history in just one season. His recruiting classes have produced the UAA women’s tennis Rookie of the Year four-straight years (2006-09) while Chicago claimed its first, and only, male Rookie of the Year in 2008.
Perry started his coaching career serving as the Assistant Coach of the men’s team at The College of William & Mary from 1997-2001. He is certified through the Professional Tennis Registry, holding a professional rating since 1994, and is a USTA High Performance Coach. He currently is serving a four year stint on the NCAA Division III men’s tennis committee.