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Mike Perno

 
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Mike Perno enters his second season at the helm after being named the head men’s basketball coach on February 1, 2019.

"I am so pleased to name Mike Perno the new head coach of the men’s basketball program at The College of Saint Rose,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco at the time of his appointment. “Coach Perno embodies Golden Knights athletics, from his quiet confidence on the bench to his emphasis on academics and service to others off the court. As a former player at Saint Rose, he has great respect for what it means to be a Golden Knight, a bond that extends a lifetime as evidenced by the relationships he’s continued with his former teammates and the players he coached during his 12 years as an assistant. The Northeast-10 Conference is a highly respected, competitive league, and Coach Perno will meet that high standard as our program’s leader."

A 2000 graduate of Saint Rose where he earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Perno is now in his 14th season overall after serving as an assistant coach for 12 years, although he did handle the program’s day-to-day duties in 2006-07, 2014-15 and 2017-18, which former head coach Brian Beaury missed due to medical reasons.

The Golden Knights have benefited greatly by Perno’s presence on the bench. Saint Rose has garnered five NCAA Tournament berths, including an East Regional Final (Round of 16) appearance in 2016-17, and has advanced to a pair of NE10 Championship semifinals while making a run to the 2007 league title game during his tenure.

Saint Rose has excelled in the classroom as well. The Golden Knights earned the NE10 Team Academic Award for having the highest overall grade-point-average among the conference’s 14 institutions in four of the past five years. They also garnered Team Academic Awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in five of the last seven seasons. Additionally, Julian Lipinski was named the NE10 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2018. He was the third Saint Rose men’s basketball player in the last 10 years to earn the conference’s most prestigious award. Dominykas Milka and Steve Dagostino were recognized in 2014 and 2008 respectively.

Perno had a direct hand in every facet associated with managing a highly successful NCAA Division II program throughout his time as an assistant coach. His primary focus was on recruiting, scouting, scheduling, academic monitoring, team travel, and tape exchange, in addition to preseason and postseason conditioning.