Stephen Perry is in his 11th season as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Owens women's basketball program.
In his 10 years with Owens, the program has reached heights it never has before. Over the past five years, the team has won five OCCAC championships, three Region XII District I championships and finished in the top 10 at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament three times. Of those three national tournament appearances, two of the teams finished among the top five, and he 2016-17 team completed the school's first ever undefeated regular season at 30-0.
Since he was hired, the team has recorded a 269-60 record - including a 227-38 record over the last eight years. During his tenure, Owens has compiled 37 All-OCCAC players, 12 All-Region XII players, eight NJCAA Academic All-Americans, seven WBCA All-Americans and three NJCAA All-Americans.
In addition to that, the program has sent 24 players to four-year schools during his tenure, including Jeryn Reese (NCAA D-I La Salle University) and Sybil Roseboro (NAIA Indiana University East) this past year). He has also captured seven OCCAC championships and three district championships. In each of the past eight seasons, the team has won at least 25 games. Since February 2012, the team is 75-1 at home in the regular season.
In 2016-17, the team finished 31-1 after completing a 30-0 regular season. For the third straight season, the team completed an undefeated run to a conference championship before seeing its season end in the Region XII District I championship game. Following the season, Jeryn Reese was named the program's first back-to-back OCCAC player of the year, and Ariel Bethea became the inaugural OCCAC defensive player of the year while breaking the program's single season and career steal records. On top of that, the team broke the record for most PPG and fewest PPG allowed in a single season while also shattering several other program records.
In 2015-16, Perry helped guide Owens to a 29-7 record overall and a second straight 14-0 conference championship season despite losing the top six scorers from the prior season. The team produced a 17 game winning streak, scored 100 or more points a record nine times, won its fourth straight conference championship, captured its second straight Region XII District I championship and finished fifth at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. The team averaged 81.0 points per game, but did so in a balanced effort as six players averaged in double figures. Furthermore, a pair of freshmen, Jeryn Reese and Aysah Ingram, each averaged a double-double, while Reese garnered a slew of awards including NJCAA Second Team All-American recognition. One sophomore, Lakyn Gulley, broke four program records before signing with NCAA Division I Southeast Missouri State University. Sophomore point guard Briana Williams became the program's all-time career assists leader.
In 2014-15, Perry helped lead Owens to its best season in program history led by a strong freshman guard class mixed in with an outstanding sophomore class that produced 85 points per game, while holding opponents to just 60.9 per contest. They finished 34-2 overall and 14-0 in OCCAC play, while capturing a college record 33 straight wins, the program's first undefeated conference season, its third straight OCCAC title, its second Region XII District I championship in three years and a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. The team's two losses was its lowest single season loss total in program history. Following the season, six players signed with four-year schools led by NCAA Division I signees Sierra Harley, who was named an NJCAA First Team All-American, and Ashley Tunstall. Those two players combined for 29.8 points per game, while Demy Whitaker averaged 10.3 points per contest as a freshman.
In 2013-14, Perry helped Owens to a 26-3 overall record, including a then program record tying 18 straight wins. Their three losses also tied the 1996-97 team for fewest losses in a single season until the 2014-15 team upended the mark. The program won its second straight OCCAC championship and its third over the previous four years. The season came to an end in the district championship game, just one step away from a return trip to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Sophomore point guard Kamilah Carter had one of the best seasons in program history by averaging 19.3 points per game.
The 2012-13 team finished 28-8 overall, 10-2 in OCCAC play (1st Place), won the Region XII District I championship and finished seventh at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
During the 2010-11 season, while head coach Michael Llanas was attending to the birth of his child, Perry stepped in as head coach and helped lead Owens to an upset of No. 2 Schoolcraft College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
In addition to all that, Perry has helped Owens to 51 straight regular season conference wins, and the team will take a 44 game regular season winning streak into the 2016-17 season.
Perry joined the program with 12 years of basketball coaching experience, with the final eight of those 12 at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, OH.
During his time there, Perry served as St. Ursula Academy's freshman and JV girls head basketball coach. His teams amassed an overall record of 127-29, won two City League championships and finished City League runner-up three times.
Perry is a graduate of Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School and went on to play intercollegiate basketball at Tiffin University. He is the Manager of Solution Sales at Tranztec Solutions, Inc. in Perrysburg. He and his, wife, Susan, reside in Toledo and have two daughters, Madeline and Lauren.