MOSCOW, Idaho - A young Leonard Perry came home to the University of Idaho as the former Vandal point guard was named mens basketball coach.
The assistant to Larry Eustachy at Iowa State met with Idaho's screening committee on Monday. Idaho basketball coach David Farrar was fired March 9 after five seasons, including a 6-21 performance this year.
"It's special to be able to come back here," said Perry, who met his wife, Christina, during his first semester in Moscow. "I was married here and both my daughters were born here."
Perry's ties to the Vandals are extensive.
The 32-year-old played for or assisted three former Idaho coaches in Eustachy, Kermit Davis and Joe Cravens.
"Leonard not only knows the intricacies of the game of basketball, but he brings a knowledge of and love of the University of Idaho," school President Robert Hoover said. "He is a Vandal. He wants to be a Vandal."
He also shares roots with Washington State coach Paul Graham, who was head coach at Kimball High in Dallas, Texas, for eight years, just before Perry's freshman season at that school.
"If they hired Leonard Perry, first of all they hired a quality human being," Graham said Monday. "They could not have hired a better person for that job. Until the day Leonard leaves with earth, he's going to be associated with the University of Idaho."
Perry started as off-guard for a Davis team that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1990.