Coach G adds an assistant

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors announced on Tuesday the addition of Shannon Perry to the Blue Devil coaching staff beginning on August 1, 2004. Perry replaces Georgia Schweitzer who will be attending Duke Medical School in August.

"To be able to work for Gail and the Duke women's basketball program is an awesome opportunity," said Perry. "I have always respected what Gail has done with the Blue Devil program and when I was called about the position at Duke, I was flattered."

Perry comes to Duke after serving as assistant coach for the past four seasons at the University of Southern California. She will be involved with all aspects of the Blue Devil program including recruiting, practice instruction, tape exchange, scouting and academics.

    "I have lived on the west coast for most of my entire life and knew it would take a great opportunity for me to leave this area," commented Perry. "Duke is Duke and to be able to be a part of this program is the opportunity I was looking for. The people at Duke wooed me from the beginning and to work with charismatic, caring and sincere people is what helped make my decision for me. I was able to meet the team and I was very impressed with the freshmen and all of the returning players."

A native of Carson, Calif., Perry joined the Women of Troy in July 2000 and has been in charge of recruiting, as well as serving as the academic liaison and assisting with daily practice instruction for the past four seasons. She helped land a top-10 recruiting class in 2004 with the addition of standout Chloe Kerr.

Prior to arriving at Southern California, Perry served as assistant coach at the University of Iowa for the 1999-2000 season. Perry was involved with daily practice instruction, coaching the post players, scouting, recruiting and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes.

"Shannon is a tremendous addition to our staff," said Goestenkors. "She has had so many wonderful experiences over her basketball career from playing and coaching at Iowa along with coaching at Southern California. Shannon is just a quality person and she will be an excellent fit for Duke University."

A 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa, Perry received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication Studies, where she graduated with honors. She received the 1998 Robin Roberts/WBCA Sports Communication Scholarship award and 1998 NCAA Women's Enhancement Post-Graduate Scholarship award.

Perry was a four-year basketball letterwinner at Iowa from 1995-98 where she was a three-time All-Big Ten Academic selection. She played in 102 career games and was a member of Iowa's No. 1 rated recruiting class in 1994.

"I am excited about working for Gail and the Duke program," said Perry. "More than anything, I am ready to get back into the swing of things. I am going to learn a lot from Gail and the rest of the coaching staff. This is an excellent opportunity and I look forward to the experience."

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