Marty Perry enters his 4th season as the head coach of the Marlins and his 20th year of coaching college tennis.
The VWU men’s team improved from a 5-17 record in 2017 to a 13-8 mark this in 2018 and took 4th in the ODAC tournament. The women had a 2-15 record in 2017 and improved to 13-9 in 2018 and finished 2nd in the conference tournament.
In 2015, his first year at the helm, he led the VWU men's tennis team to its first perfect record in league play (10-0) en route to being 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 eight seasons at Chicago he coached a two-time NCAA Division women’s doubles national champion, 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 three 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. 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 as National Chair of the NCAA Division III men’s tennis committee.