Ex-UK Player Perry Stevenson Named Assistant Coach at Missouri Western
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Missouri Western men's basketball head coach Will Martin has completed his coaching staff for the 2021-22 season. Ty Danielson is back on the bench for the second straight season as an assistant coach; Jon Hood was hired as an assistant coach earlier this month and now Perry Stevenson will be assisting Martin during the upcoming season.
Stevenson will reunite in St. Joseph with Martin and Hood. He played with Coach Hood at the University of Kentucky during the 2009-2010 season and Coach Martin was a student manager on that team.
"Perry was a huge part of our success at Kentucky, and will be instrumental in helping us establish the new standard at Missouri Western," said Martin. "With his experience as a starting big in the SEC and as a pro, he brings a unique vantage point of what it takes to develop into a consistent everyday player at the highest level. More so than the development he will help bring to our players on the court, Perry is one of the finest human beings I know and he will be a huge asset in helping us build high character young men off the floor. He understands that it is always bigger than basketball, and I can't wait for Griff Nation to get to know the Perry I have grown to love and respect with utmost regard."
As a player at Kentucky, Stevenson appeared in 134 games over his four-year career from 2006-2010. He's seventh in UK history in career blocked shots with 159. Stevenson scored 602 points, had 490 rebounds and shot 57.8% percent during his career. He's one of the few Kentucky players to play for three different coaches as he was recruited and played one year for Tubby Smith. Stevenson played two years for Billie Gillespie and was coached by John Calipari his senior season.
"I'm so ecstatic about joining this staff and getting to work with this team," said Stevenson. "It's not often you get brought into a situation that is already so special. I'm looking forward to putting the work in and building on that to take Griffon basketball to the next level."
After graduating from Kentucky, Stevenson played professionally from 2010-2013 as he was in the NBA Development League for two seasons and also played overseas in Portugal.
Stevenson then got into coaching as he was an assistant at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky and at his alma mater Northside High School in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Stevenson stepped away from coaching after his son was born and worked in the healthcare industry, but he stayed involved in basketball by working summer camps and youth leagues in the Lexington area.