Former Kentucky quarterback Mark Perry begins his first season with his alma mater in the role of graduate assistant coach. Perry will work with the Wildcats defense and will help Larry Hoefer coach the safeties.
Perry, a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, was a three-year letterman and two-year starter during his prep career. He was an all-league and all-district pick as a senior at Lancaster (Ohio) High School when he completed 108 of 195 passes for 1,280 yards and 10 touchdowns. His junior year, Perry was named second-team all-district after completing 110 of 225 passes for 1,576 yards and 15 touchdowns at Lebanon High School. He also was a basketball letterman his junior season and was a member of the National Honor Society.
After high school Perry became the starting quarterback at Wilmington (Ohio) College, a Division III school. He started at WC as a true freshman, leading the team to a 5-5 record and completing 132 of 252 passes for 1,721 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Perry decided to transfer to Kentucky in 1997 and walk on the football team. He served as a backup quarterback and was the holder for placekicks. Perry had extensive playing time for the junior varsity team during his playing career at Kentucky. He saw action in all five games as a junior and completed 81 of 110 passes for 949 yards and six touchdowns. Because of his dedication in the classroom and on the field, Perry was awarded a scholarship his junior season. He earned a varsity letter as a senior and was inducted into UK's prestigious "Society of Character."
Perry was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a junior and senior before graduating with a degree in kinesiology/health promotions. He worked as an administrative intern for the Wildcats coaching staff last season before entering the coaching ranks. As a graduate assistant at UK, Perry is continuing studies on a master's degree in education.