Mount St. Joseph Academy announces the appointment of Claire Chapman Perry ’03 as head varsity basketball coach, effective fall 2016.
It is with great pride and confidence that I welcome Claire Perry to join the Mount community as the head coach of the women’s basketball program. Claire is the first alumna in over 50 years to assume this position. The seeds of dedication and commitment were planted when she played, and now she will plant new seeds and cultivate a strong harvest of female athletes.
-Kathleen Brabson, SSJ, President of the Mount
The majority of Perry’s career has focused on using sports—primarily basketball—as a vehicle to connect with the local community. She comes to the Mount from Up2Us Sports, a 501(c)3 comprised of 1,200 sports-based youth development members advancing sports as a solution to critical challenges facing urban youth, including violence and academic failure. In her role as Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic, she contracted coach trainings with Philadelphia School District and initiated sports-related partnerships with Philadelphia 76ers and Drexel University while continuing to fundraise and strategize Up2Us Sports growth throughout the region. Prior to that role, Perry was a Program Officer at Up2Us Sports where she managed grant resources for sports-based youth development organizations.
Perry also served for PeacePlayers International, a program that unites and educates young people in divided communities through basketball. For two years, she was an International Fellow in Durban, South Africa, where she created basketball curricula for elementary and high school students, organized coach trainings, and planned basketball and life skills tournaments for girls.
In her college career, Perry played at Cornell University where she captained, earned all-Ivy honors and still holds free-throw and 3-point percentage records for season and career.
I am excited to be back at the Mount to continue a tradition of excellence and to help the young women be great basketball players and leaders in school and in our community.
Perry’s career path demonstrates how she has incorporated the mission of the Mount into her passion for athletics. She is poised to be an excellent coach and mentor for Mount students.
Claire was a 1,000-point scorer during her basketball career here, and she will usher in a new era of Mount basketball. Her knowledge of the game and enthusiasm will be contagious.
-Janet Columbro, Athletic Director