Gallaudet assistant coach John Perry dies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Gallaudet Bison men’s basketball assistant coach John Perry passed away on Jan. 15. He was 47.

He was an assistant coach for 15-years. He also played for the team and was a four-year letter winner from 1992 through 1996.


As an assistant coach, he served under five different head coaches. He also served as an assistant coach at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia.

“John touched many lives with his kind heart, easy-going disposition, and quick wit,” a note said in his obituary. “He was diligent, loyal, generous, and always available to help others. He was an extremely involved parent supporting his children’s numerous interests and activities. He modeled for them competence, hard work, determination, honesty, and commitment.”

Besides working as an assistant coach, he also worked in the Information Technology field, according to the school’s athletic website. He was a Systems Administrator at Peraton Inc in Sterling, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Dierdre Nealy Perry. The couple also had four children together, John, DeMarcus, Drake, and Johanna.

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