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Darrell Perkins Named Defensive Back Coach
Spent 2010-13 Seasons Coaching DB’s at UConn
STORRS, Conn. - Darrell Perkins, who served as the defensive backs coach for the UConn football team from 2010-13, has returned to Storrs in the same position as announced by head coach Randy Edsall on January 3, 2019.
Perkins recently completed his third season as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Fordham University.
"It is with great pleasure to announce that Darrell Perkins has rejoined our Football Family here at UConn, said head coach Randy Edsall. "Darrell understands what it takes to win at UConn and has developed some outstanding defensive backs in his previous stint at UConn. To add a coach and person with Darrell's experience and knowledge of the University of Connecticut will make us a better program."
Perkins helped Dylan Mabin earn All-Patriot League honors in each of the last two seasons and the Fordham defense led the Patriot League in tackles for loss with 7.5/game in 2017.
Strong safety Antonio Jackson earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors after leading the team, and finishing second in the league, with four interceptions that season.
In 2016, Perkins guided a Fordham defensive back unit that was tops in the Patriot League, and fifth in the NCAA FCS, in defensive passing efficiency (106.61) and finished third in the league in interceptions with 13. The Rams led the Patriot League and finished 12th nationally in turnovers gained during the 2016 season.
The 2016 Fordham defensive backs were led by Caleb Ham and Jihad Pretlow, who each garnered All-Patriot League honors.
Perkins coached the defensive backs for the University of Maryland in 2015 and spent the 2014 season as cornerbacks coach at Old Dominion University, overseeing a senior-laden group led by Eriq Lewis and Reggie Owens. Lewis led the unit with 47 tackles and a sack, while Owens had 26 tackles and a sack.
Perkins coached at Connecticut for four years (2010-13), working with the secondary. While at Connecticut, Perkins helped develop Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz, who were both selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He also worked with future 2015 first round pick, Byron Jones, while at UConn.
In 2012, UConn's DB's helped the Huskies defense to rank ninth in the country, and first in the BIG EAST, in total defense.
In 2010, the UConn defense was tied for fifth nationally in interceptions and ranked 28th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. The Huskies went 8-5 that year, winning a share of the BIG EAST and earning a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
"I am so excited to be back at UConn working with Coach Edsall again, said Perkins. "He is a great person, coach and leader. I cannot wait to meet the players and then get to work doing the necessary things to have a great 2019 season."
Perkins served as the defensive backs coach at Louisiana-Monroe in 2008 and 2009. He helped lead the Louisiana-Monroe defense to the top ranking in the Sun Belt Conference in 2009.
Prior to his stint at Monroe, he was the defensive coordinator at Charleston Southern in 2007. He was the linebackers and special teams coach at Northern Colorado in 2006 and was the defensive backs/special teams coordinator at Charleston Southern from 2004-05.
In 2004, Charleston Southern was ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision in pass defense at 131 yards per game.
Perkins was the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Ferris State from 2002-03 as the Bulldogs finished first in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in pass defense at 161 yards per game.
Perkins served as a defensive graduate assistant at Purdue in 2000 and 2001. He started his football coaching career at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where he was an assistant coach from 1997-99 at his alma mater.
He was the head basketball coach at Legacy High School in Fort Collins, Colo., from 1993-96 and led the team to two state playoff appearances.
A 1990 graduate of Wyoming where he earned a degree in business marketing, Perkins was a two-year starter at running back for the Cowboys and a three-year letter winner from 1985-89.
At Wyoming, Perkins played in the 1987 and 1988 Holiday Bowls and with Purdue coached in the 2001 Rose Bowl, following the Boilermakers' 2000 Big Ten championship, and the 2001 Sun Bowl.
Perkins is married to the former Elena Zbitskaya and the couple have two sons, Spencer and Jordan.