Dom Perno

American basketball player-coach

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Dom Perno
Biographical details
BornDecember 18, 1941
New Haven, Connecticut
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1997–2011George Washington (associate AD)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1979 ECAC Tournament Championship
1964 UConn Club Award for Outstanding Senior Athlete
1979 Kodak District Basketball Coach of the Year

University of Connecticut Outstanding Alumnus Award Dr. Martin (Red) O’Neal Award in recognition of distinguished achievements in the field of Athletic Administration

University of Connecticut All Century Team

Dom Perno is an American former basketball coach and former associate athletic director at The George Washington University. He was head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut for nine seasons, from 1977 to 1986, compiling a 139–114 record,[1] leading teams to the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament and the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). He coached former George Washington head coach Karl Hobbs in college and recruited Rutgers Head Coach, Steve Pikiell to UConn. Before becoming head coach at UConn, he was head coach at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, Connecticut, then assistant coach at UConn under Dee Rowe. He was followed at UConn by Jim Calhoun. After UConn, he worked in business and as a broadcaster before being hired by GW in 1997.

High school career

As a player for Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, CT, Perno led his team to 49 consecutive wins and the New England Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament championship played at the Boston Garden. He was named to All-State in 1958-59 and considered attending Boston College and Fairfield University but committed to the University of Connecticut and Coach Hugh Greer.

College basketball career

Perno was a Guard for the Huskies from 1960 to 1964 when the university participated in the Yankee Conference, which Connecticut won multiple times. On March 14, 1964, UConn upset Princeton and star forward Bill Bradley, 52–50, in the Sweet 16 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The victory was sealed when Perno stole the ball from Bradley with 19 seconds to play.[2]

Coaching career

Following graduation, Perno coached at South Catholic High School, Hartford, Connecticut and then at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol Connecticut where in addition to coaching boys basketball he was also the athletic director, dean of boys and baseball coach. The late Jim Valvano convinced him to interview for the top assistant position at UConn that was becoming available due to Valvano’s new head coaching job at Bucknell University. Perno took over for Valvano as top assistant to Donald ‘Dee’ Rowe, and after five years, took over as the head coach. Perno was instrumental in elevating the Husky program with the inception of the Big East Conference.

Following Perno’s retirement from coaching he served as Vice President for Sales and Marketing at the Dumont Group in Bristol, CT and as a color analyst for the Big East Network. In 1997, he accepted the Associate Athletic Director position for Development at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He retired in 2011.

Personal life

Perno and his wife, Cindy, reside in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Connecticut Huskies (NCAA Division I independent) (1977–1979)
1977–78 Connecticut 11–15
1978–79 Connecticut 21–8 NCAA Division I Second Round
Connecticut Huskies (Big East Conference) (1979–1986)
1979–80 Connecticut 20–9 3–3 4th NIT First Round
1980–81 Connecticut 20–9 8–6 T–3rd NIT Second Round
1981–82 Connecticut 17–11 7–7 T–5th NIT First Round
1982–83 Connecticut 12–16 5–11 7th
1983–84 Connecticut 13–15 5–11 T–7th
1984–85 Connecticut 13–15 6–10 7th
1985–86 Connecticut 12–16 3–13 T–8th
Connecticut: 139–114 (.549) 37–61 (.378)
Total: 139–114 (.549)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "A List Of The All-Time UConn Men's Basketball Coaching Records". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  2. ^ Adamec, Carl (2020-03-16). "This day in Husky History: March 16". Journal Inquirer. Retrieved 2022-05-22.

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