DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football staff will have a new look, but also feature some familiar faces heading into the 2007 football season. 
    One change is the promotion of 12th-year Assistant Coach Sean Devine from Offensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator to Offensive Coordinator. The other is the hiring of former Hofstra University offensive coordinator John Perry as Associate Head Coach. The announcement was made today by ninth-year head coach Sean McDonnell.
    Perry, a 1992 graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a former assistant coach for the Wildcats, returns to Durham following one season as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Hofstra University in 2006. Prior to spending the 2005 campaign as the Associate Head Coach for Georgetown football, he served as the offensive coordinator at  Dartmouth College from 2000 through 2004.
    At Dartmouth, Perry immediately transformed the offense when he joined the team in 2000 and helped the Big Green rank eighth in passing and 10th in total offense nationally at the end of the 2002 campaign. Two Dartmouth quarterbacks under Perry's tutelage, Brian Mann '02 and Greg Smith '02, ended their careers ranked among the Big Green's all-time passing and total offense leaders.
    From 1997-99, Perry coached receivers for UNH under head coach Bill Bowes. In 1999 he was also UNH's recruiting coordinator. Prior to returning to UNH, Perry spent three seasons coaching receivers at Brown, including Sean Morey, the Ivy League's outstanding rookie in 1995 and the Ivy's outstanding player in 1997. His brother, James Perry, was Brown's record-setting quarterback and Ivy Player-of-the-Year in 1999. Perry's coaching career began at Northeastern, where he worked with the running backs in 1992-93.
    Perry, who graduated with a double major in communications and history at UNH, earned conference All-Academic team recognition. As a Wildcat, he was a two-sport athlete also lettering in basketball. Perry was a record-setting receiver in football (he caught passes in 42 straight games), a two-time all-conference selection and was a four-year letter winner. He helped lead the Wildcats to the Division 1-AA playoffs in 1991 and Perry was captain of the 1992 team.
    He and his wife, Jen, have three children.
    “We are excited to have John Perry back again in the UNH football program,” said McDonnell. “His experience and knowledge he has gathered in recent years at other programs will be a valuable asset for me as the head coach. Johnny is a guy who knows UNH in and out, being someone who has both played and coached here.”
    Devine enters his 12th straight season as a member of the Wildcat football staff and recently completed his fourth in charge of the offensive line.
    In just his first season, his O-Line gave up the fewest sacks of any in the Atlantic 10, while also driving the offense to an impressive average of 414 yards per game. The UNH quarterbacks enjoyed relative safety in 2004 as the big men allowed only 15 sacks. In 2005, UNH’s massive O-Line led the way to 493 yards per contest and 74 TDs, both top marks in the A-10 and second-best in I-AA. This past season, he coached one of his best linemen ever at UNH in All-American Tucker Peterson, who is currently pursuing a professional career in football. The UNH offense averaged 401.1 yards per game, scored an eye-popping 35.3 ppg. and advanced to the NCAA I-AA quarterfinals for the third consecutive year.
    “After taking a look of our offense over the past five years, Sean Devine has played an integral role in its development,” said McDonnell. “This is a guy who has worked extremely hard, improved as a coach each season, and is ready to take over as offensive coordinator. It is a natural progression in our program for him to replace Chip Kelly. He has a great working knowledge of our offensive systems, and he will provide the continuity that will keep our offense explosive.”
Devine was also the recruiting coordinator for UNH and was responsible for recruiting Northern New Hampshire, Western New York and Western Pennsylvania. He had been the defensive line coach at UNH for his first seven seasons.
    Devine also coached the defensive line at Colby College from 1994-95. At Colby, he ran the scout team and assisted with strength training and the implementation of the strength program. A 1994 graduate of Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, Devine was a four-year starter at outside linebacker. He was captain of the football team in 1993 and was named All-NESCAC and All-ECAC during his senior campaign.
    At Waterford HS in Waterford, Conn., Devine was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball and was captain of the football and basketball squads during his senior campaign.
    Sean and his wife, Nicole, reside in Berwick, Maine with their daughter Amelie.
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