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Former KU AD Lew Perkins to serve as assistant on girls basketball team

March 14, 2011

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Former Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins will be an assistant girls basketball coach at Seabury Academy next season, the Journal-World has learned.

Perkins will assist varsity girls coach Becky Bridson.

“When the opportunity came to accept Lew as an assistant for my girls program, it was a very easy decision for me,” Seabury athletic director Eric Nelson said. “He’s seen some good basketball, and he can help us get better.”

Perkins took over for Al Bohl as Kansas AD in 2003. Perkins announced his retirement on Sept. 7, 2010, with Sean Lester serving as interim AD for a few months. New Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger, previously of Illinois State, took over on Feb. 1.

Perkins’ daughter, Amy, served as admissions director at Seabury in 2007-2008.

Before Kansas, Perkins served as athletic director at Connecticut (1990-2003), Maryland (1987-1990), Wichita State (1983-1987) and South Carolina-Aiken (1969-1980).

“Lew’s a personality for sure,” Nelson said. “He’s a very nice guy. If my coaches don’t ask him for advice, they’d be crazy. He’s so genuine. My feeling is, if I have a coach who needs some advice with a kid, he’d be a great resource for our coaching staff.”

Nelson said the Seahawks players already have met Perkins and are excited to welcome him for next season.

Seabury Academy is a private high school in west Lawrence. The Seahawks participate in Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 1A athletic programs.

Comments

irvan moore 3 years, 1 month ago

with what he knows about womens basketball i don't see how this could be perceived as anything but a great hire, i mean, he picked Bonnie to be the KU coach didn't he?

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

Rule 10 Qualifications of Coaches (Athletic, Spirit Competition Groups, Scholars’ Bowl and Speech) and Music Directors Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12) Coach Art. 1: Anyone who is certified in compliance with standards established by the Kansas State Board of Education is eligible to coach in any activity under the jurisdiction of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Art. 2: A local board of education of a member school must employ all coaches or coaches’ aides by written agreement. Volunteers shall not coach, with an exception provided for individuals who are certified staff employed by the member school at the same school site.

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cruxpitch 3 years, 1 month ago

Lew Perkins approached Bishop Seabury about this and is doing this for free. Try giving him and Seabury a break. It is not costing Seabury a dime and he has plenty of talent and experience to give to these young ladies and the program. Someone tries to do something nice and everyone wants to get pissed off.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 1 month ago

Gee people, it's not like he's a registered sex offender. He's probably doing this for free, so no big deal.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 1 month ago

This should help his chances for probation ...

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cheeseburger 3 years, 1 month ago

Wow - Seabury makes the news for all the wrong reasons. First, they dismiss successful coach Harding because a player's parents got their shorts in a knot, then they hire this buffoon that has a cloud of controversy hovering over his head. What are they thinking . . . or are they thinking at all? What does Perkins bring to the table - seriously?

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lawrence267 3 years, 1 month ago

Geez, he's probably not getting paid. No reason to freak out and not support a school.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

goob: Good point, and one of the things private schools can do that public schools can't.

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goob 3 years, 1 month ago

maybe he can teach them to recruit better

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katekilla 3 years, 1 month ago

This is like the setup to a very bad movie. Of course, nobody in Hollywood is huge or weird-looking enough to play Perkins.

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Agnostick 3 years, 1 month ago

That's a mighty expensive waterboy ...

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hesshawk 3 years, 1 month ago

won't be long before the parents of the players are moved to the worst seats in the house, because they didn't contribute extra to the school's capital campaign. Sounds like a story from sportspickle.com !!!

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bretherite 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for bringing this point up. Isn't he still under some kind of investigation?

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

"I bet he's doing it for free after all the bucks he was bringing in at KU." === That in itself is interesting. If Seabury plays KSHSAA members, there could be a problem if someone checks this out. I suspect he's being paid; it should be at the rate they have agreed to for asst. coaches.

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Nevertheless 3 years, 1 month ago

This is a joke, right? When did the Journal-World start running stories from "The Onion"?

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 1 month ago

Ummmmmmmm............Seabury is a private school?

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Just think, for that same amount of money, they could have gotten a real coach.

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KUrolls 3 years, 1 month ago

He works for the government. What's the big deal. He like all government workers are milking the taxpayers for all they are worth.

Lew is perfect for the job.

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bretherite 3 years, 1 month ago

At first when I saw this I thought it was a early April Fools joke. As the proud parent of a graduate of Seabury who I struggled to keep there with the escalating tuition cost, I want to say I am shocked, appalled and totally dismayed that my annual contribution to the school will be going to pay the salary of a crook. Bad form on the part of the administration. Will he be smoking his stogies during practice or actually being part of the team? VERY VERY SAD DAY IN SEAHAWK HISTORY. I can think of one other horrible hire on the part of the administration -Maybe two but this really takes the cake.

BUt Lew how the might have fallen - bet noone gives you any exercise equipment when you are an assistant coach to a girls 1A basketball team.

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Floyd Craig 3 years, 1 month ago

how many dollars will it cost you do u have that kind of money cant u get some one better then lew

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